Thursday, April 21, 2011

Remember The Ladies - American Civil War

One of my favorite historical figures to research has been Abigail Smith Adams. In many ways Abigail was not just one of our "founding" first ladies, she was a true partner in shaping American history.

In one of the letters exchanged between Abigail and John Adams the following admonishment shows the nature of her interest in events surrounding our nation:

March 31, 1776

"I long to hear that you have declared an independecy. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than you ancestors."

As I research ancestors during the Civil War Sesquicentennial Abigail's request seems appropriate. What do we know about the women who sacrificed, fought, and became spies during this conflict?

Here are a few resources that will answer that question and give a clearer picture of how the roles of women were rapidly changing:

Civil War Women Blog

Harriet Tubman Biography

Mary Elisabeth Bowser: Living Vignettes of notable Women in U.S. History

Women at War: New York Times article by Elizabeth R. Varon, published February 01, 2011

Women in the Civil War: Ladies, Contraband and Spies (student resources) : Library of Congress

Women Soldier's of the Civil War by DeAnne Blanton, 1993, United States National Archives

Women's Work in the Civil War: a record of Heroism, Patriotism and Patience by L. P. Brockett, M.D., and Mrs. Mary C. Vaughan, published 1867 by Zeigler, McCurdy & Co.

Remember the ladies!


  1. Terrific post Ruth. Really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great post :)

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