Armory Square Hospital


Union Military Hospital in Washington, DC

Armory Square Hospital had twelve pavilions and overflow tents containing one thousand hospital beds filled with wounded from the battlefields of Virginia. The wounded were brought to the nearby wharves in southwest Washington and then taken to the Hospital. It was one of the largest Civil War hospitals in the area and one of [Read More ...]

Devil Diarists of Winchester


Union and Confederate Women Who Kept Diaries

The small town of Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia changed hands between the Confederate Army and Union Army numerous times during the Civil War. The town's strategic location included a network of seven major roads that radiated out toward other towns and cities; two of the roads were macadamized. This road [Read More ...]

Francis and Arabella Barlow


Romantic Legends of the Civil War

Arabella Griffith married Francis Barlow the day after he enlisted in the Union Army. Francis was a well-established New York lawyer, while Arabella was 10 years his senior and a member of New York high society. The following year she joined him in service to the Union Army.

In 1846 Arabella Wharton Griffith, a [Read More ...]

Caroline Le Count


Leader in the Integration of Philadelphia Streetcars

An undertaker's daughter, Caroline Le Count outscored all the boys in her class, struck up a correspondence with a Union army general, became only the second black woman named principal of a Philadelphia public school, and put her body on the line in the battle to integrate the streetcars. Soon she was noticed [Read More ...]

Women and Civil War Prisons


Civil War Women Prisoners of War

Many of the arguments against women fighting in combat is the fear that they will become prisoners of war. Documentation proves that some soldiers who were discovered to be women during the Civil War were briefly imprisoned. Madame Collier was a Union soldier from East Tennessee who was captured and imprisoned at Belle Isle, [Read More ...]

Hannah Myers Longshore


Pioneer Physician and Professor of Anatomy

Hannah Myers Longshore graduated from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania's first class in 1851 and became Philadelphia's first woman doctor with a medical degree to establish a private practice, which she continued for forty years. She also lectured extensively first at the Female Medical College, and later in public speeches about sexual health [Read More ...]