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Author Williams, Nannie Haskins, 1846-1930, author

Title The diary of Nannie Haskins Williams : a Southern woman's story of rebellion and reconstruction, 1863-1890 / edited by Minoa D. Uffelman [and three others]
Edition First edition
Published Knoxville, Tennessee : The University of Tennessee Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (417 pages) : illustrations
Series Voices of the Civil War
Voices of the Civil War.
Contents February 1863-April 1863 -- May 1863-July 1863 -- August 1863-October 1863 -- January 1864-June 1864 -- July 1864-November 1864 -- December 1864-April 1865 -- May 1865-April 1866 -- July 1869-May 1871 -- March 1880-August 1882 -- January 1883-January 1890
Summary In 1863, while living in Clarksville, Tennessee, Martha Ann Haskins, known to friends and family as Nannie, began a diary. The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman's Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863--1890 provides valuable insights into the conditions in occupied Middle Tennessee. A young, elite Confederate sympathizer, Nannie was on the cusp of adulthood with the expectation of becoming a mistress in a slaveholding society. The war ended this prospect, and her life was forever changed. Though this is the first time the diaries have been published in full, they are well known among Civil War scholars, and a voice-over from the wartime diary was used repeatedly in Ken Burns's famous PBS program The Civil War. Sixteen-year-old Nannie had to come to terms with Union occupation very early in the war. Amid school assignments, young friendship, social events, worries about her marital prospects, and tension with her mother, Nannie's entries also mixed information about battles, neighbors wounded in combat, U.S. Colored troops, and lawlessness in the surrounding countryside. Providing rare detail about daily life in an occupied city, Nannie's diary poignantly recounts how she and those around her continued to fight long after the war was over--not in battles, but to maintain their lives in a war-torn community. Though numerous women's Civil War diaries exist, Nannie's is unique in that she also recounts her postwar life and the unexpected financial struggles she and her family experienced in the post-Reconstruction South. Nannie's diary may record only one woman's experience, but she represents a generation of young women born into a society based on slavery but who faced mature adulthood in an entirely new world of decreasing farm values, increasing industrialization, and young women entering the workforce. Civil War scholars and students alike will learn much from this firsthand account of coming-of-age during the Civil War. Minoa D. Uffelman is an associate professor of history at Austin Peay State University. Ellen Kanervo is professor emerita of communications at Austin Peay State University. Phyllis Smith is retired from the U.S. Army and currently teaches high school science in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Eleanor Williams is the Montgomery County, Tennessee, historian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Williams, Nannie Haskins, 1846-1930 -- Diaries.
Women -- Tennessee -- Clarksville -- Diaries.
Clarksville (Tenn.) -- Biography.
Clarksville (Tenn.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women.
Genre/Form Biography.
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
Author Uffelman, Minoa D., editor
ISBN 1621900851 (e-book)
9781621900856 (e-book)