1912. BRANCH, Mary Polk. Memoirs of a Southern Woman "within the Lines" and a Genealogical Record. Chicago: The Joseph G. Branch Publishing Co., . 1st ed. 107pp. Portrait frontis., illus., portraits. Orig. cloth-backed pictorial boards. A very nice copy and it is very rare. Only one listing on the web at the time of this listing and it was $500. The book describes her childhood, marriage, and social activities in the antebellum South. Branch's family became deeply involved in the Civil War: her uncles, cousins, and brothers all held leadership positions in the Confederate army. She describes conditions in the South immediately following the war, praising the "kukluxers" for filling the need for order during Reconstruction. The final section is family geneaology. Grab this one while you can.
Note: Mary's father was a cousin to President James K Polk and her uncle was Confederate General Leonidas Polk. Her husband was brother to Confederate General Lawrence O'Brian Branch.
Mary Polk Branch