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Abstract

Civil War Obscura wants you to have choices, and nothing presents a better opportunity for choice than the variety of diaries by Mary Boykin Chestnut. No one debates how important her daily musings are to the Civil War historical community. Her Diary from Dixie has been sourced innumerable times by everyone from high school freshman to James McPherson. One version of her offerings won the Pulitzer Prize, and others have presented challenges to the diarist herself and all the editors who followed her.

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