The day-to-day descriptions of the Civil War in Virginia are laced with illumination comments about civil and military leaders on both sides, the prospect of foreign intervention, the increasing strain upon the southern economy, the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the possibility of detaching the northwestern states from the East. Written by a man totally committed to the southern cause, The Diary of Edmund Ruffin is a literate, dependable source of information about the Civil War and its effects, as well as the political and social conditions in the South during the most critical period in its history. Meticulously edited by William Kauffman Scarborough, it will be of lasting value to anyone who wishes to study the Civil War from the insider's point of view.rent at the North, that manual labor is deemed dishonorable in slave-holding states a aamp; that, further, northern or white ... Besides the too general (aamp; everywhere operating to some extent, ) aversion to toil, the owners of ten or more workinganbsp;...
|Title||:||The Diary of Edmund Ruffin: Toward independence, October 1856-April 1861|
|Author||:||Edmund Ruffin, William Kauffman Scarborough|
|Publisher||:||LSU Press - 1972|