This is the final post for “From the Doorstep: Winchester Women.” Part 1 is available here.
Mary Greenhow Lee started a letter on March 11, intending to send it to a friend. Instead, she kept writing, writing, writing until November 1865. Her private journal differs from other Winchester women’s primary sources. Widowed in 1856, it seems like she had more time to write; with no children of her own and grown nieces living with her in her widowhood, she played the hostess frequently, visited friends regularly, and wrote rather extensively about the war in Winchester.
Through her own hospitality, family connections, and her niece’s beaux, she often had an insider perspective on military happenings. Her first journal entry – which started as a letter – is not exception. Through Mary Greenhow Lee, we can note little details about leaders and military happenings. For example: Continue reading