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Mary Boykin Chestnet

Mary Boykin Chestnut
South Carolina

Acclaimed diarist and wife of one of South Carolina's leading politicians, Mary Chestnut used her intellect and social status to chronicle the events and personalities of the war. Her close friendship with Jefferson and Varina Davis gave her diary a unique perspective. But her secret doubts about slavery, her fears for her region's future, and her intelligent insights made her diary an important chronicle of the war.

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