ary Boykin Chesnut followed her husband, a former senator and aide to General Beauregard, on his military maneuvers throughout the Civil
War, recording her observations in her Diary from Dixie. The diary, though not a day-by-day account of the war, gives an up-close and personal view of this period in American history. Chesnut's historical diary depicts through a Southern perspective the upheaval of a country in war as well as snapshots of the individual lives it is affecting. The diary is valued not only for its recounting of the events of the Civil War, but it is also enjoyed for the author's wit and insight. The first edition was not published until 1905, long after her death. An annotated edition published in 1981 with a biographical essay won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize in history.