Shadows on My Heart: The Civil War Diary of Lucy Rebecca Buck of Virginia

Shadows on My Heart The Civil War Diary of Lucy Rebecca Buck of Virginia When the Civil War began in Lucy Rebecca Buck was the eighteen year old daughter of a prosperous planter living on her family s plantation in Virginia s Shenandoah Valley On Christmas Day of tha

  • Title: Shadows on My Heart: The Civil War Diary of Lucy Rebecca Buck of Virginia
  • Author: Lucy Rebecca Buck Elizabeth R. Baer
  • ISBN: 9780820318523
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the Civil War began in 1861 Lucy Rebecca Buck was the eighteen year old daughter of a prosperous planter, living on her family s plantation in Virginia s Shenandoah Valley On Christmas Day of that year she began a diary which she would keep for the duration of the war, during which time troops were quartered in her home and battles were literally waged in her front yWhen the Civil War began in 1861 Lucy Rebecca Buck was the eighteen year old daughter of a prosperous planter, living on her family s plantation in Virginia s Shenandoah Valley On Christmas Day of that year she began a diary which she would keep for the duration of the war, during which time troops were quartered in her home and battles were literally waged in her front yard.This extraordinary chronicle mirrors the experience of many women torn between loyalty to the Confederate cause and dissatisfaction with the unrealistic ideology of white southern womanhood In powerful, unsentimental language, Buck s diary reveals her anger and ambivalence about the challenges thrust upon her by the upheaval of her self, her family, and the world as she knew it This document provides an extraordinary glimpse into the shadows on the heart of both Lucy Buck and the American South.

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    1. Reading this book was like going back in time to the 1860s, when snail mail was considered to be an effectively means of communication and a woman's main concern was the running of her household. The author is a southern girl, and thus pro-slavery at this time. Personally, I found it hypocritical of the author, a slave owner, to complain about the powerful Feds "oppressing" the weaker Confederates--but at the same time it makes the read more authentic. It is amazing how the author witnessed so m [...]

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