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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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“When at Last the ‘Cruel War Was Over’”

“When at Last the ‘Cruel War Was Over’”

Louisiana, 1863–1868

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Mary Edwards Bryan

Canter Brown

Larry Eugene Rivers

University Press of Florida

This chapter follows Mary Edwards Bryan through her 1863 return to Louisiana, the Civil War's final years, her refugee status at Shreveport and Natchitoches, the Red River Campaign's Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, the wounding and near death of husband Iredell Bryan, and the birth of a second daughter. During this period, Mary struggled against enormous obstacles to keep her family together and to provide for their support, returning to journalism as an editor of the Semi-Weekly Natchitoches Times while she coped with the birth of a sickly son who died during his first year. The authors treat Mary’s maternal grief, the breakup of her marriage, her renewed attempts to find financial independence through writing, her attitudes toward Reconstruction policies and race relations, her association with the New Orleans Times, and her ultimate departure from the state.

Keywords:   Shreveport, Louisiana, Natchitoches, Louisiana, refugee, Red River Campaign, Battle of Mansfield, Battle of Pleasant Hill, Semi-Weekly Natchitoches Times, Reconstruction, race relations, New Orleans Times

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