A Maryland Bride in the Deep South: The Civil War Diary of Priscilla Bond

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Kimberly Harrison
LSU Press, 28/04/2006 - 408 páginas

"They say I'm a Yankee -- but if wanting peace is Yankee -- then I am one. I am tired of Disunion of husband & wife."
In 1858, nineteen-year-old Priscilla "Mittie" Munnikhuysen began a new diary that saw her marry, leave her family in the genteel Protestant seaboard culture of Chesapeake Bay, and take up residence with her wealthy husband, Howard Bond, in the frontier plantation society of Catholicsouth Louisiana. By 1865, Priscilla Bond had witnessed trials and disillusionments enough to fill a two-volume journal: her father-in-law's brutality toward his slaves; her husband's alleged ambush of Union soldiers and subsequent flight from home; the retaliatory burning of the family's sugar plantation in Houma; and the losses, horrors, and daily depredations of war.Published here for the first time, with extensive notes and a critical introduction by Kimberly Harrison, Bond's intimate writings illuminate the Civil War's impact on women, families, and individual identities. Occasionally Bond records her experiences for the benefit of later readers, but more often she uses her diary to carve a space and time for self-reflection, self-instruction, and self-persuasion. Nineteenth-century women's lives were defined by their relation to others -- as wife, mother, daughter, and sister -- and keeping a diary allowed Bond to claim time for herself. It served as a rhetorical tool that helped motivate her to conform to contemporary standards of "true womanhood," adapt to a harsh new environment, and survive the collapse of a civilization. Harrison's interpretive commentary enables readers to appreciate the context within which Bond writes even as entries about everything from marital anguish to in-law difficulties to religious struggles to failing health bring Priscilla Bond uniquely and movingly to life. Her diary, deftly cross-referenced with numerous letters, adds a valuable and enriching layer of complexity to the larger story of the Civil War home front.

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In this diary of a Confederate soldier's young wife in Louisiana during the Civil War, Bond writes of courtship, religious faith, and her battle with tuberculosis. Harrison includes Bond's diaries ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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Introduction I
1
PART
65
H A P T E R T
90
H A P T E R T H RE
122
H A P T E R F O U
160
CHA P T E R FIVE
182
CHA P T E R
201
CHA P T E R S E V E
225
CHA P T E R EIGHT
240
PART
271
CHA P T E R T
303
LETTERS
343
LIST OF Books READ
367
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A native of Louisiana, Kimberly Harrison is an associate professor of English and the director of undergraduate writing at Florida International University.

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