Sad Earth, Sweet Heaven: The Diary of Lucy Rebecca Buck During the War Between the States offers a glimpse into the life and experiences of a young woman living in Front Royal, Virginia (Shenandoah Valley) as campaigns and battles swept through and around her home.
I first read this book when I was fourteen. Already interested in the “civilian side of the story,” this account resonated with me because it was the reminiscence of woman who had been a teenager during the Battle of Gettysburg.
This was one of the first Civil War diaries that I read when I was starting to look at women and their roles in Civil War medicine. Kate’s journal is particularly valuable since it is a Confederate perspective, written in “real time” (not a memoir), and published around 1866. Kate Cumming was born in ScotlandContinue reading “Bookshelf Notes: Kate Cumming’s Civil War Journal”