Tag Archives: Women’s History Month 2019

Hoopskirts, Hard Work, & Dreams: Reflections on a Woman’s Past & Future

The woman walked through the children’s section of the library, her stiff layered petticoats rustling. Her blue calico dress brushed the tops of her boots or hung unevenly toward the ground. Her apron and knitted wrap added layered warmth without … Continue reading

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Sally Louisa Tompkins: Nurse, Philanthropist, Captain

Throughout history, women have been pushed into extraordinary situations, rising to the challenge and earning their place in the history. Women’s History Month is dedicated to celebrating the perseverance of women throughout history and today as we strive to overcome … Continue reading

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Laure “Doucette” Larendon: Beauregard’s Daughter

Among P.G.T. Beauregard his closest friends was Charles Villeré, son of Jules Villeré, a sugar cane planter in Plaquemines Parish and a member of one of the most prominent Creole families in south Louisiana. Beauregard became smitten with Marie Laure … 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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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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“I Found My Passion For The Subject”

Growing up visiting museums and traveling to battlefields, I always had an interest in history and knew what I wanted to work with it. Yet I didn’t really know how to go about getting into the field. In the end, … 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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“I Crave the Privilege of Doing It” – Being a Female Military Historian

In March 1862, Clara Barton – undoubtedly the war’s most well-known nurse – requested to go to the front and serve. “Though it is little that one woman can do, still I crave the privilege of doing it,” she wrote. … Continue reading

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