A Diary From Dixie Author:Mary Boykin Chesnut Mary Chesnut kept her diary from early in 1861, just before the Civil War began, to shortly after the end of the war, in 1865. Though not a day-by-day account of the conflict, the diary gives an up-close-and-personal view of this critical period in American history. Her commentary on the conversations and events of her day reveals a keen awarene... more »ss of the oppression to which women--lack or white, slave or free--were subjected during that period. While she would not consider herself a feminist, her diary reveals sensibilities and concerns that place her far ahead of her time. The wife of a Confederate general, Mary Chesnut moved in the elite circles of Southern society and had a keen interest in politics. Her diary is an important historic document and, because of her sharp wit and often irreverent attitude, a fascinating window into Southern society of the time.« less
This is a fascinating peek into the lives of Confederate citizens during the Civil War. Mary Boykin Chesnut is a brilliant, and quite an important woman of the Confederacy. She writes about the love,tears,joys, jokes,gossip,and news between the years 1860- August, 1865. Mary shares her inmost feelings and is very genuine in her writings. I have totally enjoyed my time travel into the old Dixie!