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A Confederate Girl's Diary

Sarah Morgan Dawson

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Sarah Morgan Dawson was a young woman of 20 living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when she began this diary. The American Civil War was raging. Though at first the conflict seemed far away, it would eventually be brought home to her in very personal terms. Her family's loyalties were divided. Sarah's father, though he disapproved of secession, declared for the South when Louisiana left the Union. Her eldest brother, who became the family patriarch when his father died in 1861, was for the Union, though he refused to take up arms against his fellow Southerners. The family owned slaves, some of whom are mentioned by name in this diary. Sarah was devoted to the Confederacy, and watched with sorrow and indignation its demise. Her diary, written from March 1862 to June 1865, discourses on topics as normal as household routines and romantic intrigues to those as unsettling as concern for her brothers who fought in the war. Largely self-taught, she describes in clear and inviting prose, fleeing Baton Rouge during a bombardment, suffering a painful spinal injury when adequate medical help was unavailable, the looting of her home by Northern soldiers, the humiliation of life under General Butler in New Orleans, and dealing with privations and displacement in a region torn by war. She was a child of her time and place. Her inability to see the cruelty and indignity of slavery grates harshly on the modern ear. Regardless of how one feels about the Lost Cause, however, Sarah's diary provides a valuable historical perspective on life behind the lines of this bitter conflict. (Introduction by Christine Dufour)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

13h 13m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

18:46


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

40:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

27:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

33:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

30:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

30:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

17:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

28:34