Mary Chestnut's Civil War by Mary Chesnut

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Mary Boykin Chesnut began her diary on February 18, 1861, and ended it on June 26, 1865. She was an eyewitness to many historic events as she accompanied her husband to significant sites of the Civil War. Among them were Montgomery, Alabama and Richmond, Virginia, where the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America convened; Charleston, where she was among witnesses of the first shots of the Civil War; Columbia, South Carolina, where her husband served as the Chief of the Department of the Military of South Carolina and brigadier general in command of South Carolina reserve forces; and again Richmond, where her husband served as an aide to the president. At times they also lived with her parents-in-law in a house called Mulberry Plantation near Camden. While it was relatively isolated in thousands of acres of plantation and woodland, they entertained many visitors.

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The 507th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 12th on The Best Southern Nonfiction of All Time (Oxford American)
  2. - Pulitzer Prize for History (Pulitzer Prize)

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