Category Archives: Civilian

Brown’s Island Victims

The worst war-time disaster to strike the Confederate home front occurred on March 13, 1863. An explosion rocked the Confederate Laboratory on Brown’s Island in the James River, in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. My research indicates that ten were … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month—Every Year!

It may have been 1965 or 66 . . . it was almost summer, and Joyce and I were looking for employment. We had a couple more years in high school and needed to keep our cars on the road, … Continue reading

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“The Lively Old Lady” – A Poem About Civil War Knitting

Yesterday, I sat in an archive basement, looking through material about women’s efforts to support the Union during the Civil War. Yesterday was also my Grandma Barbara’s birthday. She is no longer with us, so it was a bittersweet moment … Continue reading

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Podcast Additional Resources: “Celebrating Women’s History Month”

Last week’s podcast episode brought you a conversation with Sarah Kay Bierle, Chris Mackowski, and Dan Welch about women during the Civil War and some of the best primary sources written by the ladies. We’ve collected details about the mentioned … Continue reading

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From The Doorstep: Winchester Women Record Evacuation & Occupation, Part 2

This is the final post for “From the Doorstep: Winchester Women.” Part 1 is available here.  Mary Greenhow Lee started a letter on March 11, intending to send it to a friend. Instead, she kept writing, writing, writing until November … Continue reading

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From The Doorstep: Winchester Women Record Evacuation & Occupation, Part 1

It is a truth (mostly) universally acknowledged that if you want the long version of a story, ask a woman. I say this not as criticism, but rather as praise Civil War women and their primary sources. After recording the … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast “Celebrating Women’s History Month” Is Now Available

Looking for some recommended sources or wondering why we’ve voted these diaries among the best from the Civil War homefronts? Curious to learn about ECW managing editor’s thoughts on how military and civilian history fit together? In the new podcast, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Elizabeth Van Lew

She was inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame for her work during the Civil War. Richmond society hated her. She discovered Confederate secrets. Her information influenced General Grant’s decisions during the Overland Campaign. She helped create a spy … Continue reading

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Reminder: March is Women’s History Month!

Keeping with our blog tradition, ECW takes this opportunity to highlight voices of modern women working in the history field and biographies or accounts about women from the Civil War era. In the coming weeks, you’ll occasionally find articles by … Continue reading

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“Powerful and Determined”: Susie King Taylor and Her Image as Seen by Stephen Restelli

I could not tell she was African-American in looking at the negative.  When I  scanned it as viewed her as a positive print, chills went through me.  This was the most stunning portrait photograph I have ever seen.  And I … Continue reading

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