My Diary North and South.
Anglo-Irish war correspondent’s published diary of his visit to the United States during the first year of the American Civil War; issued with map showing his itinerary in red.
“In March 1861, with war there imminent, The Times sent Russell to the United States, paying £1200 a year and expenses. He opposed slavery and favoured the north. Initially he was lionized: one paper called him ‘the most famous newspaper correspondent the world has ever seen’ (Atkins, 2.8). However, after he described the Federal disorderly retreat after the first battle of Bull Run (21 July 1861), condemning the ‘disgraceful rout’ (Russell, My Diary, 2.238), he was nicknamed Bull Run Russell, vilified, and his life threatened, and he was forbidden to accompany the Federal army.” (ODNB)
Russell describes dining with Abraham Lincoln and interviewing Confederate President Jefferson Davis and U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward. He offers observations on enslaved African Americans and on the manners and habits of ordinary citizens, north and south. Returning to London in late 1862, Russell writes in his introduction “...I am satisfied the Free States of the North will retain and gain great advantages by the struggle, if they will only set themselves at work to accomplish their destiny, nor lose their time in sighing over vanished empire or indulging in abortive dreams of conquest and schemes of vengeance…”
Description: My Diary North and South.
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1863. Two Volumes. First Edition. xvi, 424, 16 [publisher’s catalog, “December, 1862”]pp + Fold-out map and xi, , 442, [1 (publisher’s ad)]pp. 8vos. Publisher’s blue, decorated cloth with gilt spine titling and decorations. Spines lightly faded and cocked with bright gilt; map bound in upside down and with some short separations at folds, mostly at edges; hinges of first volume expertly strengthened with tissue; very good.
Howes R-540. Coulter 403. In Tall Cotton 161.