Heroines of Dixie: Winter of Desperation

Registered by Megi53 of Danville, Virginia USA on 11/17/2005
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Thursday, November 17, 2005
I read the two entries that were definitely about Danville.

Looking forward to reading the rest early in 2006.

Journal Entry 2 by Megi53 from Danville, Virginia USA on Saturday, December 30, 2006
Cannot bring myself to read this. I'm sure it would be heartbreaking. The parts about my hometown were both written by Varina Davis, who isn't a very colorful writer -- but at least she appreciated Col. Sutherlin's gracious hospitality.

Mailed to a BCer in Portugal yesterday.

Journal Entry 3 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Just got it, thanks a lot Megi53.
I'm really interested in reading this book, since I enjoyed so much the first volume of these diaries.

Journal Entry 4 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, October 06, 2008
What an amazing account!
This precious collection of diaries and letters brings a very fresh perspective on the American Civil war, and shows quite clearly a couple of things that I want to enhance here:
- Besides the soldiers that do the actual fighting there’s a whole army of supporters back home, the women who bravely faced such atrocities and still held their head high and helped in field hospitals and in many other anonymous ways, often going hungry to get some food to the wounded and sick.
- The war was fought dirty and won in a dirtier way. The Union blocked all the Confederacy sea ports, made medical supplies illegal, let enemy prisoners die of hunger by the hundreds in its prisons, and when it conquered the main cities burned them to the ground and took all manner of spoils (not better than the barbarian invasion on the Roman Empire if you ask me and not worse than the reconstruction of Iraq) and all the Confederacy wanted was independence.
- The wrong guys won. This, like the previous, is a personal opinion that I can express without any fear of being accused of whatever it is they accuse people who fly the confederate flag down south or play Dixie in football games at Ol’ Miss. I’m a fan of southern culture and ways (love to hear that yes, mam or no, mam) and even though I think slavery is a dead end I also believe that the right to independence must be recognized to any nation who seeks it and fights for it. The imperialistic approach of Mr. Lincoln was a blunder that keeps repeating itself in a lot of US foreign policy and that just bums me off, haven’t we learned anything from history? Why the heck do we keep record then?

Loved reading this little book as much as I had reading the previous volume and learned a lot from it.
Even though this sentence in not a part of this book I can’t help but repeating it here, it was written by the great general Robert E. Lee and sums up a simple thought that we should keep in mind always. ” "It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it."

Journal Entry 5 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Reserved for an international BRay.

BRay rules:
- I think a month is time enough for you to read this book if you think you won't make it no problem, just let me know so I can post a little warning to the following BC'er, it's all a matter of courtesy;
- Please do not forget to make a JE when you get it and when you send it on to the next, that way we'll all know where the book is;
- There is no limit to people on this BRay, the more the merrier;
- I'll organize this by country so it won't be too pricey for anyone;
- Because life's hard for a lot of us, please feel free to ship by surface mail;
- The last person on the BRay is free to do with the book as he pleases, you might even want to help it continuing its journey.

Who's in:
- conto

Journal Entry 6 by conto from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Sunday, September 27, 2009
Got it! Thanks kizmiaz.
Since I'm the only one in. it'll be waiting a bit for "better" days (less books days, I mean).

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