A Faithful Heart: The Journals of Emmala Reed, 1865 and 1866 (Women's Diaries & Letters of the South)

A Faithful Heart: The Journals of Emmala Reed, 1865 and 1866 (Women's Diaries & Letters of the South)

By: Emmala Reed (author), Carol K. Bleser (adaptor), Robert Tarbell Oliver (volume_editor)Hardback

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Emmala Reed (1839-1893) may not have watched the unfolding of the Civil War from the front lines, but she nonetheless witnessed the collapse of the Confederacy. With the fall of Charleston and the burning of Columbia, waves of refugees flooded into her hometown of Anderson, South Carolina. Returning Confederate soldiers passed through this isolated settlement to get rations of cornmeal on their journey home, and eventually Union troops occupied the town. All the while this twenty-five-year-old, unmarried woman recorded what she observed from Echo Hall, her family home on Anderson's Main Street. Reed's journals from 1865 and 1866 present a detailed account of life in western South Carolina as war turned to reconstruction. Reed's postwar writings are particularly important given their rarity - many Civil War diarists stopped writing at war's end. As the daughter of Judge Jacob Pinckney Reed, a prominent lawyer, merchant, and prewar Unionist, Reed offers a perspective different from the usual ardent secessionist. Also unlike many diarists of the period, Reed lived in a small town rather than on a plantation or in an urban center. In her journals Reed captures the disheartening, chaoti

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Product Details

  • publication date: 31/08/2004
  • ISBN13: 9781570035456
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781570035456
  • weight: 748
  • ISBN10: 1570035458

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