Chapter

Introduction

Nancy Disher Baird

in Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125312
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135151 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125312.003.0001
Introduction

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This section states that the 1860–2 diary of Kentucky Unionist Johanna Louisa (Josie) Underwood provides a unique and intimate look at the emotional question of secession and the trauma visited on a family, community, and state torn asunder by civil war. It notes that Josie often wrote acerbic comments that painted with great clarity the frustrations, deprivations, and heartaches of a conflict pitting brother against brother and father against son. The section describes how Josie related the hardships suffered by civilians during occupation—first by the Confederate Army and then by the Union—and the risks taken by those who spoke out against either. It notes that Josie began her diary during the Christmas holidays of 1860 as she prepared to visit her sister and brother-in-law in Memphis.

Keywords: Kentucky Unionist; Josie Underwood; civil war; Confederate Army; Union; Memphis

Chapter.  6851 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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