Mary Chesnut

  April 12th. – Anderson will not capitulate. Yesterday’s was the merriest, maddest dinner we have had yet. Men were audaciously wise and witty. We had an unspoken foreboding that it was to be our last pleasant meeting. Mr. Miles dined with us to-day. Mrs. Henry King rushed in saying, “The news, I come for […]

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    Southern Author May Chesnut’s Diary Of The Civil War is a rare window into history, our own history, the bloodiest chapter of it at the very least. This week I have been sharing excepts at random. Here she talks about Fort Sumpter and the slow agonizing artillery duels through the night and the […]

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Mary Chesnut Sits With Jefferson Davis.

June 1, 2014

    Mary Chesnut was a southern aristocratic author who kept an amazing diary during the build up to the war, during the war and during the denouement. This week we have been taking select quotes from this masterpiece and sharing them.   He tells us that Lincoln is a humorist. Lincoln sees the fun […]

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Mary Chesnut Talks About Jefferson Davis And Dealing With The Loss Of The War.

May 31, 2014
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    Mary Chesnut was a southern white aristocratic writer who kept a copious diary during the American Civil War.I have been sharing excerpts from this historical treasure all week. Went up to my old house…The Trapiers live there now. And in those drawing rooms where the children played “Puss ‘N Boots” where we have […]

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