Cobb’s OrdealMy 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.
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