“Sweeping all, like an avalanche”

Mary Ann Webster Loughborough (1836-1887). My Cave Life in Vicksburg. With Letters of Trial and Travel. By a Lady. New York: D. Appleton, 1864. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress

A mortar shell had struck the corner of the cave, fortunately so near the brow of the hill, that it had gone obliquely into the earth, exploding as it went, breaking large masses from the side of the hill-tearing away the fence, the shrubbery and flowers-sweeping all, like an avalanche, down near the entrance of my good refuge.

This blog complements the Library of Congress exhibition, “The Civil War in America.” This series of posts chronicles the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861–1865. To learn more about the object featured in this blog entry, visit the online exhibition.