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A Promise Fulfilled: The Kitty Anderson Diary and Civil War Texas, 1861

 

A Promise Fulfilled: The Kitty Anderson Diary and Civil War Texas, 1861
In 2016, Draves earned the Lou Halsell Rodenberger Prize in History, Culture and Literature for the manuscript.

Kitty Anderson, the daughter of a prominent Union sympathizer from San Antonio, sheds light on life in Texas at the beginning of the Civil War. In her personal diary, Anderson recounts her experiences following Texas’ secession. Her story includes Confederate soldiers arresting her father, her family fleeing to Mexico to escape the dangers of being Unionists in Civil War San Antonio, and an account of her father’s eventual escape from prison.

Nearly 150 years after Anderson wrote her diary, Texas historian Nancy Draves stumbled upon it at a public auction.

“A Promise Fulfilled” is published by Texas Tech University Press.