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Diary of a Confederate Woman

Diary entry, June 3, 1861
Betty Herndon Maury
Diary entry, June 3, 1861
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Holograph manuscript diary
Manuscript Division (42.6)

The departure of men at the outbreak of Civil War changed the lives of women, burdening them with unaccustomed responsibilities. A remarkable record of the Civil War exists through the personal testimonies of a variety of women. Seen here is an entry from Betty Herndon Maury's diary, which recounts the difficult experience of relocation that many Confederate women and families faced at the eruption of war.

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