Mary Chesnut: A Diary From Dixie

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Mary Chesnut: A Diary From Dixie

Author: Mary Boykin Chesnut
Publisher: Gramercy
Copyright: 1997
Pages: 480
Cover Price: $ 10.99

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This original diary of the wife of Confederate General James Chestnut, Jr., who was also an aide to President Jefferson Davis, provides an eyewitness narrative of all the years of the war. Period photographs illustrate this you-are-there account of the daily lives and tribulations of all who suffered through the war, from ordinary people to the Confederacy's generals and political figures.

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Jefferson Davis served a distinguished career in the federal government before resigning from the Senate and becoming President of the Confederate States. When the seceding states met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederacy in February 1861, secession without war still seemed possible.