This diary by Judith Brockenbrough McGuire, edited by James I. Robertson, Jr., is among the first of such works published after the Civil War. Although McGuire's 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. Hardcover, 366 pages.
Documenting the period between 1861 and 1865, Mary Chesnut's Diary is widely considered to be one of the most compelling personal narratives of the Civil War. As the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and the wife of an aide to the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, Chesnut was well acquainted with the Confederacy's prominent players and--from the very first shots in Charleston, South Carolina--diligently recorded her impressions of the conflict's most significant moments.