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Diary of a Southern Refugee during the War
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Judith Brockenbrough McGuire's Diary of a Southern Refugee during the War is among the first of such works published after the Civil War. Although it is one of the most-quoted memoirs by a Confederate woman, James I. Robertson's edition is the first to present vital details not given in the original text. His meticulous annotations furnish references for poems and quotations, supply the names of individuals whom McGuire identifies by their initials alone, and provide an in-depth account of McGuire's extraordinary life.

Throughout the war years, McGuire made poignant entries in her diary. She wrote incisive commentaries on society, ruminated on past glories, and detailed her hardships. Her entries are a highly personal, highly revealing mixture of family activities; military reports and rumors; conditions behind the battle lines; and her observations on life, faith, and the future. In providing illuminating background and references that significantly enhance the text, Robertson's edition adds considerably to our understanding of this important work.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. May-December 1861
  2. pp. 9-56
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  1. January-August 1862
  2. pp. 57-112
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  1. September 1862-May 1863
  2. pp. 113-162
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  1. June 1863-July 1864
  2. pp. 163-210
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  1. August 1864-May 1865
  2. pp. 211-264
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 267-340
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 341-346
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 347-360
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