Amazon Best Seller. If you are a Civil War buff or enjoy reading eyewitness accounts, this book is for you! Entries from over 50 diaries of southern women, and slave women. As starvation stalked the land, they hid food and heirlooms in wells and swamps. They outwitted Yankee soldiers. They watched cities burn and fed hungry children. Loyal slaves and kind and cruel plantation mistresses tell their stories. Frugal Civil War recipes: oatmeal pie, “idiot’s delight cake”, etc. Authentic photos. Bravery in the face of humiliation, terror, and grief.
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You can usually find Pippa reading some musty, obscure journal from the 1600s, written by early explorers or settlers. Pippa is a history buff, especially for American history. Eyewitness accounts are the most interesting sources for history for Pippa; they contain small details which give a vivid picture. Pippa researched numerous diaries of women who wrote of their Civil War experiences. Also slave accounts. We can feel as if we are there, fending off plundering Yankees, fighting starvation. We can be inspired by their courage and determination to survive.