Monday, September 3, 2012
Exile to Sweet Dixie: The Story of Euphemia Goldsborough, Confederate Nurse and Smuggler
By Eileen F. Conklin, Euphemia Mary Goldsborough Willson
Exile to Sweet Dixie, based on the research of the Goldsborough Collection, sheds light on some rarely explored aspects of women's Civil War history. The Confederate nurse's experiences at Gettysburg, the activities of Confederate women in Baltimore, the treatment of female prisoners by Federal military authorities, and life as an exiled woman in the South are all part of Euphemia Goldsborough 's war time experiences. The collection which has reposed in the hands of the descendants for 140 years has been expanded for this volume with additional documentation and information. Euphemia Goldsborough, while a nurse at Gettysburg, kept "hospital books" replete with signatures and missives of wounded Confederate prisoners. She commenced her diaries at the time of her arrest and exile in 1863. Her correspondence with Confederate soldiers, prisoners, and their families is included, along with her Provost Marshal file in its entirety. This story is one of courage, endurance, and achievement. Euphemia Goldsborough exemplifies the Southern woman committed to the Confederacy and its people both during and after the war. Against great odds and risking all that was dear, Euphemia Goldsborough acted selflessly for convictions that many Americans still value today. Working for the greater good, accepting personal responsibility, adherence to beliefs, and helping those in need are, hopefully, held in timeless esteem.