The Diary of a Southern Lady

From 1852, when she was a young English immigrant with two small children, until 1912, when she was a great grandmother living with her widowed daughter and her family, Georgina F. Devlin kept a record of her life.

She noted both items of historic interest and of everyday happenings within her large family. She recorded the Civil War swirling around the home in Yazoo County, Mississippi, when she and the children hid in the woods and her husband’s cotton was burned. She visited her brothers in Canada and saw the famous tight-rope walker “Blondin” cross Niagara Falls. She went from traveling in a stage coach, to riding on a streetcar, to riding in her son-in-law’s automobile.

Well footnoted, this diary will be of interest to historians and students of Southern history, the Civil War, and the developments of rural and small town life during this period.

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