Monthly Archives: August 2015

Vacant Chairs: The Effects of The Civil War & How Ladies Coped

A Civil War lady was influenced by her beliefs and supported the war effort from home or volunteered as a hospital nurse. However, every woman with a loved one in the military faced the reality of a vacant chair at her dining table. … Continue reading

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Sarah Broadhead: Gettysburg’s Voice

When I was working on the research for Blue, Gray & Crimson, I read as many primary sources penned by Gettysburg civilians as I could find. Some recorded precise details such as harvesting peaches and finishing dresses, others worried about … Continue reading

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Nurses of the American Civil War (An Overview)

In the “grand scheme” of statistics, most ladies during the Civil War era remained at home, doing what they could to support the war effort in the domestic setting. Comparatively few ladies left their homes to work for months or … Continue reading

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Georgeanna Woolsey: Battlefield Nurse

Miss Woolsey responded, “We women cannot fight, but we can do our best to support our soldiers. I was a hospital nurse last year, and, oh, how desperately our brave soldiers need good care and supplies.” She looked sadly at … Continue reading

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Supporting the War Effort (Ladies during the Civil War)

“What are you doing?” Delighted to explain, I hold up the strip of cloth I’m rolling. “I’m rolling a bandage. See, I torn my extra sheets and table linens into strips and now I’m preparing ‘roller bandages’ which I’ll send … Continue reading

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Why Do We Ignore Gettysburg Civilians?

I have a theory, a belief, a conviction. Usually civilians get ignored in the studies of war. But at Gettysburg, something mysterious happens… The civilian population of 1863 was called awful names and often berated by national newspapers. The years … Continue reading

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