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Faces of the past
Reclaimed photographs add new dimension to Civil War diarist's life, times
Marty Daniels (left) and Barbara McCarthy worked together to combine Mary Chesnuts diary with her Civil War photo albums. The original pictures and albums, displayed behind the women, were donated to the Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, where Chesnuts diary is housed.
Mary Chesnut, author of the famous diary detailing the Civil War from a woman’s perspective, has long been a vital part of Camden’s history. It is not until now, however, that the public will get to actually see the people mentioned in her historic diary. While the diary makes mention of photographs -- or carte de visites -- to go along with it, Marty Daniels didn’t know the pictures still existed until friend and author Jim Kibler provided the first clue.