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Brokenburn

The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861-1868

Library of Southern Civilization

440 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / None

ebook available

Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807120170 / May 1995

“The wartime journal of Kate Stone is surpassed by no other book in its picture of daily life in the besieged Confederacy.”—Louis D. Rubin, Jr.

This journal records the Civil War experiences of a sensitive, well-educated, young southern woman. Kate Stone was twenty when the war began, living with her widowed mother, five brothers, and younger sister at Brokenburn, their plantation home in northeastern Louisiana. When Grant moved against Vicksburg, the family fled before the invading armies, eventually found refuge in Texas, and finally returned to a devastated home.

Kate began her journal in May, 1861, and made regular entries up to November, 1865. She included briefer sketches in 1867 and 1868. In chronicling her everyday activities, Kate revealed much about a way of life that is no more: books read, plantation management and crops, maintaining slaves in the antebellum period, the attitude and conduct of slaves during the war, the fate of refugees, and civilian morale. 

John Q. Anderson taught American literature at the University of Houston.

Drew Gilpin Faust is professor of American civilization at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the editor of The Ideology of Slavery: The Proslavery Argument in the Old South, 1830-1860 and author of James Henry Hammond and the Old South: A Design for Mastery, which received the Charles S. Syndor Award and the Jules F. Landry Award.

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