Valley of the Shadow
The War Years
Spring 1861–Spring 1865

Letters & Diaries


Nancy Emerson (1862-1864)

Nancy Emerson was born in Massachusetts in 1807, but settled in Augusta County with her brother Luther Emerson, a Presbyterian minister, and his family before the war.

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Emerson Family

Nancy Emerson’s diary chronicles the deaths of friends and neighbors during the war and reveals her opinions about the war. Emerson was strongly pro-Confederate in sentiment and frequently expresses her belief that the war is God's punishment to northern abolitionists. Her diary also provides valuable insight into how Valley residents interacted with invading northern soldiers.

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