Read: October 8 - October 14
Format: Paperback 275 pages
Subject: Civil War experiences
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, TIOLI, BOYS
Category: The Engagement: this is getting serious
Genre: Historical Biographical, Memior
I believe that any American, when reading about the American Civil War, tends to try to put their own standing as to whether Unionist or Confederate aside and look at the historical aspect of the volume. I had difficulty doing that with this book because of the apparent authenticity of the trials and tribulations of the author.
The introduction to this diary was compelling stating that "No Southerner at that time could possibly have had opinions so just or foresight so clear as those here attributed to a young girl." Sarah's adventures may have seemed a bit trivial in some cases for those of our century (collecting clothes, hiding silver), but at her time and place, she was a strong young woman who made every effort to keep her family together during the conflicts that surrounded them.