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Historical Society winter program:

Mary Chesnut's lost photos to be topic

Posted: February 21, 2012 3:35 p.m.
Updated: February 22, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Judah P. Benjamin, CSA Secretary of War

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The search for the long-lost photo albums of Civil War diarist and Camden resident Mary Boykin Chesnu, will be the topic of the Kershaw County Historical Society’s winter program Sunday.

The program will begin at 3 p.m. in the family life center at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, Camden.

Guest speaker Marty Daniels will tell the story of her family’s search and recovery of Chesnut’s lost Civil War photograph albums and her work with archivist Barbara McCarthy at Mulberry Plantation to identify and research some 200 images collected by Chesnut.

For three years. Daniels and McCarthy searched libraries, historical societies and the Internet in an effort to solve the mystery images in the collection.

Their work was published in 2011 in a two-volume edition entitled “Mary Chesnut’s Illustrated Diary: Mulberry Edition,” published by Pelican Publishing Company.

For the first time ever, Chesnut’s “Diary from Dixie,” first published in 1905, is illustrated with cameo photographs of the men, women and children whom she wrote about during the War. The second volume contains a biography of each subject, combined with Chesnut’s commentary.

The photograph albums were recently donated by Daniels and her family to the Caroliniana Library where they are now reunited with Chesnut’s diaries.

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of the two-volume edition will be available for sale.


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