Drawing the words from diaries, letters, and other sources, Culpepper (retired, Michigan State U.) provides a window on the American Civil War through the eyes of a varying group of women. Among the experiences detailed are the practice of blockade running off the coast of North Carolina; the life of academia in Columbia, South Carolina; the life an itinerant refugee during wartime; and the contested animosities and sympathies of Confederate and Union women in the front-line city of Winchester, Virginia. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Presented here are excerpts from diaries and letters written by Southern women from different walks of life and areas of the country. Mary White, a fifteen-year-old girl, attempted to get through the blockade in Wilmington, North Carolina; Nancy Jones lived in fear amid the violence that rocked Missouri and saw her close friends and family murdered and her young son taken prisoner by the Yankees; Sarah Dandridge Duval and her family were refugees living near Richmond, Virginia. The book includes personal reminiscences from Union and Confederate women living in Winchester, Virginia, a town that reportedly changed hands 76 times during the war, and the reactions of Southern women to the surrender at Appomattox.