A Diary from Dixie

A Diary from Dixie


By (author) Mary Boykin Chesnut, Volume editor Ben Ames Williams, Foreword by Edmund Wilson

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  • Format: Paperback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 206mm x 43mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1980
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674202910
  • ISBN 13: 9780674202917
  • Illustrations note: Chesnut, M.B.
  • Sales rank: 1,365,182

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One of the most important documents in southern history, this is a day-by-day diary of the Civil War years. It rings with authenticity while evoking the nostalgia, bitterness, and comedy of the Confederacy.

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It is hardly too much to say that what Samuel Pepys's diary is to the reign of Charles II, Mary Boykin Chesnut's is to the Confederacy. To thousands now and in years to come it will be a fascinating source of information, an invaluable aid to the understanding of a great period, and a lasting delight. Saturday Review Mary Boykin Chesnut steps out alive from the pages of her journal as beautiful, vivacious, flirtatious, warm-hearted, cool-thinking, astonishingly frank and wonderfully articulate...The book is very quotable. New York Times Filled with gossip, stories, laughter and tears, it points up gaieties and tragedies of a nation at war with itself. Entertaining yet constantly reflecting the gravity of these years, this holds much interest for the thoughtful reader and deserves a glance from historians seeking to interpret this tragic era. Library Journal

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Charleston 2. Montgomery 3. Camden 4. Charleston 5. Camden 6. Montgomery 7. Camden 8. Richmond 9. Fauquier White Sulphur Springs 10. Richmond 11. Camden 12. Columbia 13. Camden 14. Columbia 15. Flat Rock 16. Memories 17. Camden 18. Richmond 19. Camden 20. Columbia 21. Lincolnton, N.C. 22. Chester 23. Camden Index