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The year is 1860. Anyone who has watched Ken Jones’ “Civil War” documentary-miniseries, recalls the diary entries read by actress Julie Harris – of one “Mary Chesnut”. They usually went something like this: “My father was a South Carolina nullifier, Governor of the state at the time of nullification row, and then United States Senator; so I was of necessity a rebel born” . . . . . “Mary Chesnut”.

I often wondered who Mary Chesnut was. Now, of course, with the internet, accessing background on Mary is a simple feat. Mary’s husband, James Chesnut was a U.S. Senator from South Carolina prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Folowing secession, James became an Aide to Jefferson Davis and a Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army. Mary, on the other hand, kept a simple diary – one that would win the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for History.

As Paul Harvey would say, “And now you know . . . the rest . . . of the story”.

At American Photo Colorizing, our goal is to shred the black & white veil that separates us from the exciting, vibrant lives of those who came before us. It’s time to “Go Color” with your vintage and antique family photos.

1860 - Mary & Senator James Chesnut

1860 - Mary Chesnut & Senator James Chesnut


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