By Vicki Adams Tongate
Lucy Pier Stevens, a twenty-one-year-old lady from Ohio, started a trip to her aunt's relations close to Bellville, Texas, on Christmas Day, 1859. Little did she understand how significantly her lifestyles might switch on April four, 1861, whilst the outbreak of the Civil battle made returning domestic very unlikely. Stranded in enemy territory all through the struggle, how might 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 by means of a Northerner—offers a distinct standpoint on everyday life 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, nutrients shortages, events, church attendance, chores, faculties, childbirth, dying, the family's slaves, and political and army information. As she confided her deepest techniques to her magazine, she unwittingly printed how her love for her Texas relatives 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 background, this infrequent diary and Vicki Adams Tongate's insightful ancient remark on it supply a trove of knowledge on women's background, Texas historical past, and Civil struggle history.
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Another Year Finds Me in Texas: The Civil War Diary of Lucy Pier Stevens by Vicki Adams Tongate