A Woman's Civil War: a Diary with Reminiscences of the War from March 1862

TitleA Woman's Civil War: a Diary with Reminiscences of the War from March 1862
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsMcDonald, Cornelia Peake, and Minrose Gwin
Number of Pages310
PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
City, CountryMadison, United States
Abstract

Cornelia Peake McDonald kept a diary during the Civil War (1861- 1865) at her husband's request, but some entries were written between the lines of printed books due to a shortage of paper and other entries were lost. In 1875, she assembled her scattered notes and records of the war period into a blank book to leave to her children. The diary entries describe civilian life in Winchester, Va., occupation by Confederate troops prior to the 1st Manassas, her husband's war experiences, the Valley campaigns and occupation of Winchester and her home by Union troops, the death of her baby girl, the family's "refugee life" in Lexington, reports of battles elsewhere, and news of family and friends in the army.

Series: Wisconsin Studies in American Autobiography

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