Book Review – Old South simmers Author brings a harsh past back to life
By Ben SteelmanBen.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com
Mary Chesnut, the wife of a South Carolina planter and midlevel Confederate bureaucrat, wrote the most famous diary kept in Richmond during the Civil War. (A version edited by historian C. Vann Woodward won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982.) The South never had a more ardent Patriot.
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