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Winchester Divided: The Civil War Diaries of Julia Chase and Laura Lee [Hardcover]

Michael G. Mahon

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July 2002
One aspect of the Civil War now of great interest to historians and general readers alike is the effect of the war on civilians. Using the besieged city of Winchester, Virginia, as a backdrop, Michael G. Mahon explores the impact of the Civil War on two Winchester women: Julia Chase and Laura Lee. "Winchester Divided" presents the diaries of Lee, a diehard Southerner, and Chase, a firm supporter of the Union. Both used their diaries to unflinchingly voice their strong opinions. By juxtaposing their two opposing viewpoints, Mahon allows today's reader to get a real sense of the deeply felt passions that the war inspired

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Michael G. Mahon, a native of Huntingon Station, New York, earned his B.A. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.A. at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The author of several articles on the Civil War, he also wrote "The Shenandoah Valley, 1861-1865: The Destruction of the Granary of the Confederacy" (081171540X).

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5.0 out of 5 stars From a Winchester native Aug. 4 2008
By Donald A. Tevault - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm both a Civil War buff, and a native of Winchester, Virginia. So, this book has special meaning to me.

Winchester has always been careful to preserve its history. So, it's fun being able to read about the locations in this book and say, "Yeah, I know that house. It's still there."

It also gives an excellent insight into how life was during the war, through the words of two young women who were on the scene.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Real" Story May 12 2013
By Larry Walters - Published on Amazon.com
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Get a glimpse of what the civil war was like for civilians especially women. This unique book is composed of exerts from the diaries of "Yankee" Julia Chase, daughter of Maine-born federal appointed postmaster, and Laura Lee, daughter of Mary Greenhow Lee, also a diarist during the war. Both Lees were staunch Confederates, "Suseches" (Succesionists) as the Union soldiers used to call them, consequently the reader gets opposing views of the same incidents from two completely adverse views. Since Winchester changed hands between the North and South some 69-99 times and was the sight of six major battles for the Shenandoah Valley, it is extremely interesting. These are views of real people who endured the worst of the war. There are over 10,000 dead Northern and Southern soldiers buried in and around Winchester, VA
5.0 out of 5 stars Book March 30 2013
By Judith Kernan - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic purchase. Quick ship. This book gives a look at life during the Civil War from both the North and the South.

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