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South Carolina in the Civil War : the Confederate experience in letters and diaries
Lee, J. Edward, 1953-
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2000]

Physical Description:
vii, 184 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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E605 .S7 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This collection of letters and diaries provide glimpses into the lives of a diverse group of South Carolinians. These documents give voices and faces to the War as it affected South Carolina and her citizens.

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Booklist Review

These eyewitness accounts of the vagaries of total warfare documents the reactions of a representative group of South Carolinians to the hardships of the home front and the horrors of the battlefield during the Civil War. These poignant letters and diaries offer a compelling glimpse into the hearts and minds of 17 Confederate citizens, from the glory days of Fort Sumter to the death knell of the Southern cause signaled by Sherman's physically and emotionally devastating march into Columbia, South Carolina. Officers, enlisted men, and the women they left behind to tend the farms and raise the children give voice to the confusion and chaos wrought by armed conflict. Especially noteworthy are the reminiscences and letters of two native Southern women trapped on Union soil for the duration of the hostilities. This soul-stirring chronicle of the desires and the frustrations of both soldiers and civilians is recommended for larger Civil War collections. --Margaret Flanagan

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Prefacep. 1
1. Eyewitness to Fort Sumterp. 5
2. Bathed in Bloodp. 13
3. For the Widow Hardinp. 19
4. I Am Nearly Crazyp. 29
5. Lieutenant Watson's Camp Reminiscencesp. 76
6. For My Only Living Daughterp. 80
7. Trapped on Union Soilp. 93
8. Augustus Franks, German Confederatep. 99
9. My Dear Elodiep. 106
10. A Grand C.S.A. Victoryp. 110
11. Our Banner Is Wavingp. 120
12. Thirteen Hundred Miles from Any Placep. 126
13. Not Just a Man's Warp. 129
14. In the Midst of Life, We Are in the Midst of Warp. 133
15. The Ground Where I Layp. 138
16. There Is a Place We May Meetp. 145
17. The Lost Cause's Last Ritesp. 149
Conclusionp. 154
A Note on Sourcesp. 157
Notesp. 159
Indexp. 183