Cobb’s Ordeal

My third book, Cobb’s Ordeal: The Diaries of a Virginia Farmer, 1842-1872 (University of Georgia Press, 1997), grew out of my research for Old Southampton.  The devout, plainspoken Cobb wrote in a conversational style, candidly recording his innermost thoughts.  He offers a unique window into Southern society in the late antebellum era, wartime, and Reconstruction.  His diary also provides a painfully frank chronicle of a troubled marriage.