A Woman's Civil War by Cornelia Peake McDonald
A Diary with Reminiscences of the War, from March 1862 (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography)

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Cornelia Peake McDonald's story of the Civil War records a personal and distinctly female battle: a southern woman's lonely struggle in the midst of chaos to provide safety and shelter for herself and her nine children as their home is destroyed by the forces of war. Whether describing a Union soldier's theft of her Christmas cakes, the discovery of a human foot in her garden, or the death of her daughter, her story of the Civil War at home is compelling and disturbing. Her tremendous determination and unyielding spirit is a testimony to a woman's will to preserve her family.

About Cornelia Peake McDonald

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Born in 1822 in Alexandria, Virginia, Cornelia Peake McDonald lived in Winchester, Virginia, with her nine children during the Civil War. Her record of events was first published in a volume of family history in 1935 from one of the eight handwritten copies made for each of her surviving children before her death in 1909. Minrose C. Gwin is professor of English at the University of New Mexico. Minrose Gwin is the author of the memoir "Wishing for Snow", cited by "Booklist" as "eloquent" and "lyrical"--"a real life story we all need to hear." She has written three scholarly books and coedited "The Literature of the American South". She teaches contemporary fiction at UNC-Chapel Hill and, like her young protagonist, grew up in a small Mississippi town.
Published April 15, 1992 by University of Wisconsin Press. 314 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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