Diary of a Union Lady, 1861-1865 by Maria Lydig DalyDiary of a Union Lady, 1861-1865 by Maria Lydig Daly

Diary of a Union Lady, 1861-1865

byMaria Lydig DalyEditorHarold Earl HammondIntroduction byJean V. Berlin

Paperback | June 1, 2000

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Rumor, gossip, and innuendo are the weapons of the home front, and no one wielded them with quite the aplomb of Maria Lydig Daly. Her richly detailed comments on everything from inept Union generals to Dorothea Dix’s appearance provide the liveliest memoir to emerge from a Northern noncombatant. Daly was the wife of a prominent New York City judge whose connections allowed her to meet many major figures involved in Northern military and diplomatic strategy. Despite catty comments about Mrs. Lincoln and less-than-flattering appraisals of Union generalship, Daly could be sympathetic toward the suffering of the soldiers. She noted the fear with which many viewed the draft, seeing it as a terrible incursion on liberty, but she understood that the times called for severe measures.
Introducer Jean V. Berlin is coeditor of Sherman’s Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860–1865.
Title:Diary of a Union Lady, 1861-1865Format:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2000Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0803266235

ISBN - 13:9780803266230

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"An amusing and valuable social document."—Booklist
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