A Confederate Girl’s Diary

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A Confederate Girl’s Diary

Sarah Morgan Dawson, Erica Sullivan


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Sarah Morgan Dawson used her diary to record her thoughts and experiences from 1862 to 1865, during the height of the American Civil War. A Confederate Girl’s Diary provides a thorough account of civilian life in Louisiana during and after the war.

“I wrote a description of the whole, just a few hours after it occurred…Early in the war I began to keep a diary and continued until the very end; I had to find some vent for my feelings, and I would not make an exhibition of myself by talking, as so many women did. I have written while resting to recover breath in the midst of a stampede; I have even written with shells bursting over the house in which I sat, ready to flee but waiting for my mother and sisters to finish their preparations.”