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Mary Edwards BryanHer Early Life and Works$
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Canter Brown Jr. and Larry Eugene Rivers

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061146

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061146.001.0001

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“The Delusions of Hope”

“The Delusions of Hope”

Louisiana, 1860–1863

(p.159) 7 “The Delusions of Hope”
Mary Edwards Bryan

Canter Brown

Larry Eugene Rivers

University Press of Florida

This chapter follows Mary Edwards Bryan’s second period of residence in Louisiana and her attempted reconciliation with her husband Iredell Bryan. As civil war approaches the Red River region, Mary gives birth to her first daughter, and Iredell increasingly absents himself in connection with Confederate service. Mary struggles to maintain her connections with Southern Field and Fireside, but that relationship lapses. She begins writing for the Natchitoches Union and its publisher Louis Dupleix. The frankness and challenging nature of her essays stir controversy, although the essays evidence the continuing development of her effective use of humor. By 1863, New Orleans has fallen, Union armies are advancing, and communications across the Mississippi are threatened. Mary seizes upon the opportunity to return to Atlanta to find a way to maintain an independent career and existence.

Keywords:   Civil War, Confederate army, Union army, Iredell E. W. Bryan, Southern Field and Fireside, Natchitoches Union, Louis Dupleix, independence, reconciliation, humor

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