By Vicki Adams Tongate

Lucy Pier Stevens, a twenty-one-year-old girl from Ohio, all started a trip to her aunt's family members close to Bellville, Texas, on Christmas Day, 1859. Little did she understand how tremendously her existence could swap on April four, 1861, whilst the outbreak of the Civil conflict made returning domestic most unlikely. Stranded in enemy territory in the course of the conflict, 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 special viewpoint on everyday life on the fringes of America's bloodiest clash. An articulate, knowledgeable, and prepared observer, Stevens took word of probably everything—the climate, health problems, meals shortages, events, church attendance, chores, faculties, childbirth, loss of life, the family's slaves, and political and armed forces information. As she confided her deepest suggestions to her magazine, she unwittingly published how her love for her Texas kin 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 background, kinship, friendship, and neighborhood transcended the sharpest department in US historical past, this infrequent diary and Vicki Adams Tongate's insightful historic statement on it offer a trove of knowledge on women's background, Texas historical past, and Civil warfare history.

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