General William Tecumseh Sherman said of Confederate womanhood: “You women are the toughest set I ever knew. The men would have given up long ago but for you. I believe you would keep this war up for thirty years.”

Yet unlike many collections penned for the Daughters of the Confederacy, this book has a conciliatory tone. Yes, it includes accounts of suffering and bitterness. But the preface states the authors “do not desire to keep alive sectional bitterness or revive memories which have lain dormant for half a century.”

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