The Uncompromising Diary of Sallie McNeill, 1858-1867
6 x 9, 216 pp.
Pub Date: 03/28/2009
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
Price:        $32.50

Price:        $24.95

More ebooks

Published by Texas A&M University Press

To Receive E-News


The Uncompromising Diary of Sallie McNeill, 1858-1867

Edited and with an Introduction by Ginny McNeill Raska and Mary Lynn Gasaway Hill

In this annotated diary, Sallie McNeill chronicles thoughts, observations, and details of her daily life during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
This remarkably well-preserved document tells McNeill's story from her days as a student in the female department of Baylor College at Independence until her death in 1867.
McNeill's story—common to the era and place and still intensely personal—lets readers glimpse the numbing expectations of a young woman's proper behavior, moral referencing of those living under the influence of the second Great Awakening, intellectual questions posed by the education of the day, and the lifestyle of the planter class at the margins of its geographical reach.

GINNY McNEILL RASKA, one of Sallie's descendants, transcribed the original diary. Raska is the Sweeny, Texas, Junior High School librarian.

MARY LYNNE GASAWAY HILL attended the archaeological field school at the Levi Jordan plantation. Her doctorate is from Tulane University. 


McNeills' SR Ranch
Review Copy Request Form Desk Copy Request Form