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- DescriptionLucy Pier Stevens, a twenty-one-year-old woman from Ohio, began a visit to her aunt's family near Bellville, Texas, on Christmas Day, 1859. Little did she kw how drastically her life would change on April 4, 1861, when the outbreak of the Civil War made returning home impossible. Stranded in enemy territory for the duration of the war, how would 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 only one written by a Northerner-offers a unique perspective on daily life at the fringes of America's bloodiest conflict. An articulate, educated, and keen observer, Stevens took te of seemingly everything-the weather, illnesses, food shortages, parties, church attendance, chores, schools, childbirth, death, the family's slaves, and political and military news. As she confided her private thoughts to her journal, she unwittingly revealed how her love for her Texas family and the Confederate soldier boys she came to care for blurred her loyalties, even as she continued to long for her home in Ohio. Showing how the ties of heritage, kinship, friendship, and community transcended the sharpest division in US history, this rare diary and Vicki Adams Tongate's insightful historical commentary on it provide a trove of information on women's history, Texas history, and Civil War history.
- Author BiographyVicki Adams Tongate teaches full-time at Southern Methodist University, whose DeGolyer Library houses Lucy Pier Stevens's diary. Tongate's extensive research on Stevens included meeting with Pier family descendants and correlating Lucy's diary with the diaries of her aunt Lu Merry Pier and cousin Sarah Pier in the Texas Collection at Baylor University.
- Author(s)Vicki Adams Tongate
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication23/02/2016
- SubjectAutobiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Weight652 g
- Width160 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine661 mm
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