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 Posted: Sun Mar 30th, 2008 07:12 pm
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Good topic, Joanie.  Cleburne Fan's post reminds me of a gem of a book and story that also recounts the life of a woman (and man) in the South before, during and after the war.  The book is "Surviving the Confederacy: Rebellion, Ruin and Recovery - Roger and Sara Pryor During the Civil War" by John C. Waugh.

Roger Pryor was a prominent Virginia lawyer, editor and member of Congress before the war.  he and his wife, Sara, lived in Washington and were well connected with the elite of the nation.  He was a "fire-eater" and was probably as responsible as anyone for Virginia joining the Confederacy.  He was even at Fort Sumter.

She was an accomplished and well educated lady of the south.  They were pre-war friends with everyone from Stephen Douglas to President Buchanan.

When the war starts he joins the Confederate Army. She lives in Petersburg.  The story follows their lives.  Roger had a somewhat undistinguished military career. Sara suffered all of the hardships of a woman in the South including the siege of Petersburg.  Much of the book is based on Sara's writings.  She is a brilliant and articulate lady.

Roger moves up to reach the rank of b. General.  However, he does not perform well and is not given a command for some time.  So he re-enlisted as a Private and served the balance of the war doing cavalry recon. in Virginia.

He returns home to Petersburg and they have nothing.  So he decides to return to the practice of law.  This is where the story takes a twist.  He decides to practice law in New York City!  He develops a successful law practice.  His wife and family join him in NYC.  He eventually becomes a judge on the New York Supreme Court.

This is well written book.  Better than a novel and a true story line more unbelievable than the wildest fiction.

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