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Losing our illusions

Teenager’s journal a microcosm of the Civil War in Arkansas

Posted: February 2, 2014 at 3:26 a.m.

An 1863 portrait of Mary Adelia Byers is probably taken from an ambrotype, or glass negative. As a teenager, Byers kept a diary that has become a book, Torn by War: The Civil War Journal of Mary Adelia Byers.

An 1863 portrait of Mary Adelia Byers is probably taken from an ambrotype, or glass negative. As a teenager, Byers kept a diary that has become a book, Torn by War: The Civil War Journal of Mary Adelia Byers.

June 23rd, 1862 I am commencing to keep a journal for several reasons. It is very improving both in penmanship and in learning any one to commit his thoughts to paper with accuracy.

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