As the war between the states raged through the South, the women were watching from upstairs windows and through closed blinds. By night they saw enemy campfires burning in their orchards and pastures. By day they saw Federal troops stealing their livestock and raiding their cellars and gardens. Thousands of battles were fought during the War between the States which never made it into the history books — the battles the women and children of the south fought against worry, loneliness and fear. But throughout the mighty struggle, the women and children of the South kept up their faith. And though many of them lost every material thing they owned, they never lost their trust in God, in their menfolk and in their cause. This is the story of their courage, their fortitude, their sacrifice…and their victory.
This 5-CD audiobook features excerpts from the journals and letters of over 20 women, arranged in chronological order, highlighting many key events of the war. Original source documents adapted and read by Victoria Botkin and enhanced with period music and sound effects.
America has a remarkable, but largely unknown, legacy of strong, intelligent, Christian womanhood. In “Voices from the Past,” Victoria Botkin will take you back to original source documents, enhanced by sound effects and period music, breathing life into the very words of real heroines of American history.
“During this Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the big battles are being reenacted, new historical markers sprout along the highways, and new books and reformatted classics are hitting the bookstore shelves. Lost in the avalanche of memories that attend such commemorations are the stories of the women of the South who suffered the most in those four climactic years and for decades afterward. From their pens came the most articulate, insightful, and poignant writing of that period. You could spend the rest of your life reading those amazing stories by women who suffered the most unimaginable agonies yet stood the rigors of family, work, survival, and resistance in support of their homes and men-folk off fighting for their lives. Or you can listen to this remarkable audio production by one of the best female readers in America today, Victoria Botkin.
The War in Our Front Yard is a brilliant compilation of the best of Southern women’s memoirs which tell the entire story of the war on the home-front and sometimes in the battlefield. Wonderfully researched and skillfully rendered into a smooth narrative, this audiobook does not have a peer among the current output of Civil War commemorative literature. They were teenagers, homemakers, spies, socialites, nurses, and others in the spectrum of Southern womanhood who set the example of courageous sacrifice for us to remember, admire, and, yes, learn from for our generation.”