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April 24, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Confederate Girlhood

Kate Virginia (Cox) Logan

In the 1890s, Kate Virginia (Cox) Logan, wife of General Thomas M. Logan of Algoma in Buckingham County, wrote her memories of her youth, shaped by the American Civil War.  In 1932, they were published as My Confederate Girlhood, The Memoirs of Kate Virginia Cox Logan. Her daughter, Lily Logan Morrill, added an epilogue, describing life at Algoma.

According to the review in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the “little volume” (published by Garrett & Massie, Inc.), glorified Kate’s cousins, aunts, and uncles, accompanied by a few choice images. The review notes:

Even in 1890, when the war days were thirty years behind her, she could recall them so clearly that her book is like a glimpse into the mind of a Southern girl of the sixties. She has written, delightfully, of prewar gaieties, of the leisure and life at “Clover Hill,” of the stirring days when ladies spent their time in nursing wounded soldiers back to strength and health. The many Virginia people who knew her on General Logan will value her book for the very real glimpse it gives of herself.*

Charles W. Smith has done a striking and lovely jacket for this little picture of the Old South.

*Clover Hill was located in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Click here for more about General Logan.

Coming Next: Lily Logan Remembers Her Mother


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  1. Nancy Baldwin / Apr 24 2017 12:22 pm

    Thank you for, Joanne. As reading thru Confederate Girlhood I had this thought that the Civil War period was long ago, but yet reading her words made it seem not long ago at all.

    • Joanne Yeck / Apr 24 2017 12:51 pm

      Nancy, Thanks for your comment. There’s more to come about Mrs.Logan and Algoma. Joanne

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