Tag Archives: Civil War Era Mothers

Mary Cushing: “Poor, but highly committed”

For Mother’s Day Her boys called her “Little Ma.” She outlived them all, receiving the news that two had fallen in Federal military service. Though short in stature, she was “quiet and unassuming…. bright and witty in conversation,” a well-informed … Continue reading

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“Domestic Blockade”: Three Cheers for the Homefront Mothers

When dads are away for long periods for work or military service, moms don’t have the ability to defer discipline decisions for a few hours. And this humorous illustration from the Civil War era made me think about another aspect … Continue reading

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A Young Mother At Gettysburg

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms! In honor of the day, I wanted to share some an account of motherhood in Gettysburg during July 1863. Since this is a day of celebration, no sad war stories from me … Continue reading

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A Mother At Petersburg

The Confederate lines around Petersburg, Virginia, broke in the first days of April 1865. As Lee’s army headed west into the Appomattox Campaign, Union troops occupied the small city that had been the heart and namesake of a nine month … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Influence

“What will Mother say?” “Oh, how shall I tell his mother?” “Dear Mother…” The maternal parent is certainly one of the most mentioned figures in the letters, music, and battlefield cries of Civil War soldiers. With guiding influence from infancy … Continue reading

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