26 June 2009
For You Silly Folks
Here's a good read for some of our Northern friends and academics who seem to have lost touch with reality. Yes, I know its hard to believe, but many Southern women really did sew, knit, and support their husbands - and the war effort - during the War Between the States.
From the book . . .
"And then there were the notebook's other contents, the lists — of General Lee's godchildren, of groceries bought and wagonloads of food received, of hundreds of socks and gloves knitted from bales of cotton and pounds of wool, the myriad household uses for common ingredients like salt and ammonia. As I puzzled over the brittle pages, the shabby little notebook grew in fascination. Might it, if understood, illuminate the intimate domestic life of the people in those dim portraits, at least in part? " (Emphasis mine)
This book is written by Anne Carter Zimmer. She is the great-granddaughter of Mary and Robert E. Lee.