By Vicki Adams Tongate
Lucy Pier Stevens, a twenty-one-year-old girl from Ohio, all started a trip to her aunt's kinfolk close to Bellville, Texas, on Christmas Day, 1859. Little did she understand how greatly her existence could switch on April four, 1861, while the outbreak of the Civil warfare made returning domestic very unlikely. Stranded in enemy territory in the course of the warfare, how could she reconcile her Northern upbringing with the Southern sentiments surrounding her?
Lucy Stevens's diary—one of few women's diaries from Civil War–era Texas and the single one written through a Northerner—offers a distinct viewpoint on lifestyle on the fringes of America's bloodiest clash. An articulate, knowledgeable, and willing observer, Stevens took be aware of possible everything—the climate, health problems, foodstuff shortages, events, church attendance, chores, faculties, childbirth, dying, the family's slaves, and political and armed forces information. As she confided her deepest options to her magazine, she unwittingly published how her love for her Texas family members and the accomplice soldier boys she got here to take care of blurred her loyalties, while she persisted to lengthy for her domestic in Ohio. exhibiting how the binds of history, kinship, friendship, and neighborhood transcended the sharpest department in US heritage, this infrequent diary and Vicki Adams Tongate's insightful ancient observation on it supply a trove of knowledge on women's historical past, Texas background, and Civil conflict history.
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