Written for friends and family in 1915, this memoir by Margaret Briscoe Stuart Robertson paints a rare portrait of the Civil War in Staunton, Va., as seen through the eyes of a child. Filled with humor, pathos and unforgettable scenes of war in one of the Confederacy's most important strongholds, "My Childhood Recollections of the War" takes the reader from the carefree days of antebellum life to the horror and humiliation of occupation and defeat.
The youngest child of noted legislator A.H.H. Stuart brought to life long-forgotten servants, famous personages such as Robert E. Lee and, of course, the noise and tumult of war. Published for the first time for a mass audience, this slender volume now contains important Stuart family photographs and a foreword by Staunton historian Charles Culbertson.