Mary Boykin Chesnut

Mary Boykin Chesnut

Born: March 31, 1823

Died: November 22, 1886

Nationality: American

Occupation: Author

Biography: 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.

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