Tag Archives: Civil War Women

Unpublished: Chatting about Civil War Women’s Writings

A couple weeks ago, a few of the women at Emerging Civil War discussed unpublished primary sources on a Zoom call. The conversation lasted nearly two hours and rambled a bit. While the notes have been lightly edited for brevity … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Union Woman in Civil War Kentucky: The Diary of Frances Peter

Reviewed by Meg Groeling Every time a new diary or memoir of someone who lived through the American Civil War is published, history comes incrementally closer to understanding the war that continues to define us as a nation. The 2021 … Continue reading

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For The Army of Tennessee: Christmas Boxes & Blankets

The need for blankets and the wish for Christmas boxes kept Mrs. S.C. Law—a refugee from Tennessee to Georgia—awake one December night in 1863. Determined to do something to help “her” Confederate soldiers, she engaged the southern homefront and worked … Continue reading

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Civil War History & the Dallas Museum of Art: Lady Godiva

“That has to be an 1860’s statue,” I thought as the hairstyle of the marble woman caught my eye. Her dress was not Civil War era, though, and not really Greco-Roman classic as if she was a goddess of liberty, … Continue reading

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“And So We Took Fort Sumter”

April 6, 1861. The plot thickens. The air is red-hot with rumors. The mystery is to find out where these utterly groundless tales originate.[i] April 7, 1861. [Private section of the diary] News so warlike I quake. My husband speaks … Continue reading

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Eliza Griffin Johnston: To Bravely Meet Danger and Tragedy

News traveled slowly, likely a frustrating fact for Eliza Griffin Johnston. However, one spring day in 1862 news arrived in California that changed her life. A battle thousands of miles away and weeks in the past had altered her plans, … Continue reading

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“Do You Remember, When We Last Did Meet?”

We like to spotlight the courageous “women who went to the field,” advocated for equality, influenced politics, marched to the battlefields, or did other unique and trailblazing things. While those exceptional women certainly deserve to be remembered and memorialized, I’ve … Continue reading

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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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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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