Emma Balfour


Civil War Diarist of Vicksburg

Vicksburg, Mississippi is located on a well-fortified west-facing cliff overlooking the Mississippi River. The Siege of Vicksburg was initiated by the Union Army under General Ulysses S. Grant, whose aim was to gain control of the Mississippi River by capturing this Confederate riverfront stronghold and defeating General John C. Pemberton's Confederate forces stationed there.

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Eliza Rhea Anderson Fain


Civil War Civilian and Diarist

In her diary, Eliza Fain tells the history of the Civil War as it happened at Rogersville in northeastern Tennessee, an area that was sharply divided in its loyalties to the Union and the Confederacy. She tells of soldiers stopping by their home, deaths and the Battle at Big Creek. The originals of the twenty-eight [Read More ...]

Lucy Buck


Lucy Buck from Front Royal, Virginia kept a diary of the events she witnessed from December 1861 to April 1865. Her diary entries describe daily life at her home with an extended family that included parents, a grandmother, aunts, cousins, younger siblings and visitors.

Image: Bel Air, the home of Lucy Buck
As taken from a sketch made in [Read More ...]

Susan Blackford


Civil War Nurse in Virginia

Susan and Charles Blackford agreed when Charles went to war that they would keep all letters that passed between them. Charles wrote home as often as possible, eager to preserve as much of his experiences as he could, realizing that impressions faded quickly. Susan recorded the events on the Virginia home front.

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Kate Stone


Civil War Diarist from Louisiana

Kate Stone was twenty years old when the Civil War began. At that time, she was living with her widowed mother, five brothers and younger sister in northeastern Louisiana at her family home Brokenburn, a large cotton plantation of 1,260 acres and 150 slaves.

Kate kept a diary from 1861 through 1868, in [Read More ...]

Judith McGuire


Civil War Diarist and Refugee

Judith Brockenbrough McGuire, the daughter of a Virginia Supreme Court justice and mother of two Confederate soldiers, was married to John P. McGuire, founder of the Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, where he taught until the beginning of the Civil War. He was elected to the Virginia secession committee and voted to secede from the [Read More ...]