9780820329994

Sam Richards's Civil War Diary : A Chronicle of the Atlanta Home Front

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  • ISBN13:

    9780820329994

  • ISBN10:

    0820329991

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr
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Summary

This previously unpublished diary is the best-surviving firsthand account of life in Civil War-era Atlanta. Bookseller Samuel Pearce Richards (1824-1910) kept a diary for sixty-seven years. This volume excerpts the diary from October 1860, just before the presidential election of Abraham Lincoln, through August 1865, when the Richards family returned to Atlanta after being forced out by Sherman's troops and spending a period of exile in New York City. The Richardses were among the last Confederate loyalists to leave Atlanta. Sam's recollections of the Union bombardment, the evacuation of the city, the looting of his store, and the influx of Yankee forces are riveting.Sam was a Unionist until 1860, when his sentiments shifted in favor of the Confederacy. However, as he wrote in early 1862, he had "no ambition to acquire military renown and glory." Likewise, Sam chafed at financial setbacks caused by the war and at Confederate policies that seemed to limit his freedom. Such conflicted attitudes come through even as Sam writes about civic celebrations, benefit concerts, and the chaotic optimism of life in a strategically critical rebel stronghold. He also reflects with soberness on hospitals filled with wounded soldiers, the threat of epidemics, inflation, and food shortages. A man of deep faith who liked to attend churches all over town, Sam often commments on Atlanta's religious life and grounds his defense of slavery and secession in the Bible. Sam owned and rented slaves, and his diary is a window into race relations at a time when the end of slavery was no longer unthinkable.Perhaps most important, the diary conveys the tenor of Sam's family life. Both Sam and his wife, Sallie, came from families divided politically and geographically by war. They feared for their children's health and mourned for relatives wounded and killed in battle. The figures inSam Richards's Civil War Diaryemerge as real people; the intimate experience of the Civil War home front is conveyed with great power.

Author Biography

Wendy Hamand Venet is a professor of history at Georgia State University. Her books include Neither Ballots nor Bullets: Women Abolitionists and the Civil War and A Strong-Minded Woman: The Life of Mary Livermore.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Editorial Policyp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
October 1860 to September 1861p. 29
October 1861 to April 1862p. 70
May 1862 to December 1862p. 104
January 1863 to June 1863p. 153
July 1863 to December 1863p. 183
January 1864 to October 1864p. 209
November 1864 to August 1865p. 244
Afterwordp. 293
Appendix: Richards/Van Valkenburg Family Treep. 299
Indexp. 301
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