Washington of the Civil War, as experienced by the widow of an Army officer and the mother of six, revealed in her diary in which, with grace and gentility, she retraces the era through her own activities and those of her family. Lindsay, her son, at ""the Point"" and later in the Cavalry; Vic, the charmer, and her courtship by Chandler; her own busy days, with calls, receptions, visits from people of note, and the need to earn money through teaching music and writing for the Government. Then -- the years of war -- and Lindsay joins up in Virginia, while Chandler joins the Federal Army and Vic breaks with him. The hard anxious years, with Vic nursing, Chandler's death, the arrest of two of the girls, the moving from Washington to Charlottesville to Fredericksburg. And here the diary ends. Edited by her granddaughter, Lindsay Lomax Wood -- a charming revival.