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Very thought-provoking soliloquy written by a woman about life two years after the War Between the States!

Very thought-provoking soliloquy written by a woman about life two years after the War Between the States! This really provides insight into the state of a young woman’s mind in 1868.

(Transcribed from The Shelby Guide, October 1, 1868)


(Transcribed from The Shelby Guide, October 1, 1868)

Useless, aimless drifting through life, what was I born for? For somebody’s wife my mother says. Well, that being true, somebody keeps himself entirely from view; and if nought but marriage will settle my fate, I believe I shall die in an unsettled state. For, though, I am not ugly—pray what woman is? – you might easily find a more beautiful phiz: and then, as for temper and manners, ’tis plain he who seeks for perfection will seek here in vain. Nay in spite of these drawbacks, my heart is perverse, and I should not feel grateful “for better or for worse,” to take the first booby that graciously came and offered me those treasurers, his home and his name. I think then my chances of marriage are small; but why should I think of such chances at all? My brothers are, all of them younger than I, yet they thrive in the world, why not let me try? I know that in business I’m not an adept, because from such business most strictly I’m kept. But– this is the question that troubles my mind, why am I not trained up to work of some kind? Uselessly, aimlessly, drifting through life. Why should I wait to be Somebody’s wife?

Alabama Footprints Confrontation is a collection of lost and forgotten stories that reveals why and how the confrontation between the Native American population and settlers developed into the Creek-Indian War as well as stories of the bravery and heroism of participants from both sides.

Some stores include:

  1. Tecumseh Causes Earthquake
  2. Terrified Settlers Abandon Farms
  3. Survivor Stories From Fort Mims Massacre
  4. Hillabee Massacre
  5. Threat of Starvation Men Turn To Mutiny
  6. Red Eagle After The War

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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