Reminiscences From the Life of Emily Frances Schell: A Confederate Widow
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Written in 1910, this book tells of life in rural Georgia before, during, and after the American Civil War. Widowed at a relatively young age and with very little formal education, Mrs. Schell remembers her experiences as she tried to maintain her independence. Relying on her strong Chrstian faith and her family, Mrs. Schell relates her experiences as she struggled to survive in the patriarchal society of the time, where women had few rights. This book is presented exactly as Mrs. Schell wrote it, with no editing, except for minor instances for clarity. It is hoped that historians can use this material as a source for further research into this era of American history.