Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary

Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary

Josie Underwood


A well-educated, outspoken member of a politically well-known relatives in Bowling eco-friendly, Kentucky, Josie Underwood (1840–1923) left at the back of one of many few intimate debts of the Civil struggle written via a southern girl sympathetic to the Union. This bright portrayal of the early years of the battle starts a number of months ahead of the 1st photographs have been fired on fortress Sumter in April 1861. "The Philistines are upon us," twenty-year-old Josie writes in her diary, leaving absolute confidence concerning the alarm she feels whilst accomplice squaddies occupy her once-peaceful city. supplying a distinct viewpoint at the tensions among the Union and the Confederacy, Josie unearths that Kentucky used to be a hotbed of political and army motion, rather in her place of origin of Bowling eco-friendly, often called the Gibraltar of the Confederacy. positioned alongside very important rail and water routes that have been important for delivery provides out and in of the Confederacy, town associated the higher South's alternate and inhabitants facilities and used to be strategically severe to either armies. shooting the fright and frustration she and her kin skilled whilst Bowling eco-friendly served because the accomplice army's headquarters within the fall of 1861, Josie tells of squaddies who trampled fields, pilfered vegetation, burned fences, slash bushes, stole nutrients, and invaded houses and companies. In early 1862, Josie's outspoken Unionist father, Warner Underwood, used to be ordered to evacuate the family's Mount Air property, which was once later destroyed by means of occupying forces. Wartime hardships additionally strained relationships between Josie's relations, friends, and acquaintances, whose passionate ideals approximately Lincoln, slavery, and Kentucky's secession divided them. released for the 1st time, Josie Underwood's Civil warfare Diary interweaves firsthand descriptions of the political unrest of the day with targeted money owed of an energetic social lifestyles jam-packed with commute, events, and suitors. Bringing to existence a Unionist, slave-owning younger girl who adversarial either Lincoln's regulations and Kentucky's secession, the diary dramatically chronicles the actual and emotional traumas visited on Josie's relatives, neighborhood, and nation in the course of wartime.

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