The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries

Paperback | September 1, 1995

byMary Boykin ChesnutEditorC. Vann Woodward, Elizabeth Muhlenfeld

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian C. Vann Woodward and Chesnut's biographer Elisabeth Muhlenfeld present here the previously unpublished Civil War diaries of Mary Boykin Chesnut. The ideal diarist, Mary Chesnut was at the right place at the right time with the right connections. Daughter of onesenator from South Carolina and wife of another, she had kin and friends all over the Confederacy and knew intimately its political and military leaders. At Montgomery when the new nation was founded, at Charleston when the war started, and at Richmond during many crises, she traveled extensivelyduring the war. She watched a world "literally kicked to pieces" and left the most vivid account we have of the death throes of a society. The diaries, filled with personal revelations and indiscretions, are indispensable to an appreciation of our most famous Southern literary insight into theCivil War experience.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian C. Vann Woodward and Chesnut's biographer Elisabeth Muhlenfeld present here the previously unpublished Civil War diaries of Mary Boykin Chesnut. The ideal diarist, Mary Chesnut was at the right place at the right time with the right connections. Daughter of onesenator from South Carolina and wife of ano...

C. Vann Woodward is at Yale University (Emeritus). Elizabeth Muhlenfeld is at Florida State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.17 × 6.06 × 0.83 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195035135

ISBN - 13:9780195035131

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"Her surviving original diaries, more personal, intimate and spontaneous...are essential to an appreciation of the most famous Southern literary insight on the Civil War experience."--Journal of American History