Civilians under siege: A Confederate woman’s diary of the war in the Trans-Mississippi




Zander, Cecily

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Emerging Civil War


I first encountered Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861–1868 in an undergraduate course on the topic of great Civil War writers. Looking at the syllabus at the start of the term, I circled the diary as a text I was not particularly excited about. To me, the story of a woman living far from the war’s Virginia epicenter held little interest. What I quickly discovered, however, is that Kate Stone’s wartime record featured an intensely relatable story of civilians living in a place ravaged by war—as well as being the tale of a young woman who was only twenty years old in 1861, and who was just as concerned with skin blemishes and the latest fashions as she was with news from the front. The diary is an indispensable record of the war in the Trans-Mississippi West as lived by civilians.


Article originally published by Emerging Civil War. English. Published September 2021. Permission to deposit this file has been obtained directly from the publisher. Please read the faculty member's entry in the Project INDEX Master Sheet for more information about the publisher communications.


Confederate women, Diary, Kate Stone, Louisiana, Primary source, Texas, Trans-Mississippi


This is the published version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Zander, C. N. (2021, September 16). Civilians under siege: A Confederate woman’s diary of the war in the Trans-Mississippi. Emerging Civil War. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.