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'Ware Sherman

A Journal of Three Months' Personal Experience in the Last Days of the Confederacy

146 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations

Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807123959 / April 1999

“Written in scraps as a journal and soon afterwards transcribed, [’Ware Sherman] is a record of the experiences of a consulting chemist in the Confederate States Nitre and Mining Bureau in trying to remove part of his family and, later, stores and personal possessions from the path of Sherman’s army. The reproductions of pen-and-ink sketches made by the author on the original draft of the journal are valuable as well as interesting.”—American Historical Review

William Blair reintroduces Joseph LeConte and his enticing journal to readers today while providing insights into the South Atlantic region’s importance as a food producer, the role of slaves during the war, and civilian treatment at the hands of Union soldiers. 

William Blair, author of Virginia's Private War, is associate professor of history and director of the Civil War Era Center at Pennsylvania State University.

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