Mary Boykin Chesnut, born Mary Boykin Miller , was a South Carolina author noted for a book published as her Civil War diary, a "vivid picture of a society in the throes of its life-and-death struggle." She described the war from within her upper-class circles of Southern planter society, but encompassed all classes in her book. Wikipedia*
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Mary Chesnut has two videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 2001 Speech. Most appearances with Chris Weatherhead (2). Most common tags: Chesnut, Mary, Slavery and the Civil War (1850-1865).