Widows of Gettysburg

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Wives of Generals Killed at Gettysburg

Image: Barksdale's Charge by Don Troiani
Confederate General William Barksdale - his hat off, his long white hair blowing in the wind - led his Mississippi brigade into battle to break the Union Line on the afternoon of July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg. This action would forever after be known as [Read More ...]

Olympia Brown

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Suffragist and the First Woman Minister in the United States

Olympia Brown was a suffragist, the first woman to graduate from a theological school, and the first woman minister in the United States.* In 1863, the Universalist Church ordained Brown, the first woman ordained by that denomination. She was also one of the first generation suffragists who survived long enough [Read More ...]

Women's Rights After the Civil War

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Feminists and Activists for Women's Equal Rights

Image: Executive Committee of the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869)

Women fought for more than 200 years to obtain the rights that were guaranteed to men in the U.S. Constitution. When the nineteenth century began, a woman was not permitted to vote or hold office; she had few rights to her [Read More ...]

Mary Thompson House

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General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg

Image: Thompson House before the Battle of Gettysburg

This one and a half story stone house sits on Seminary Ridge, west of the town of Gettysburg, on the north side of the Chambersburg Pike. On July 1, 1863 General Robert E. Lee established his headquarters here. It was an ideal location, at the [Read More ...]

Lucretia Crocker

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Pioneer Educator and Innovative Administrator

As the first woman appointed to the Board of Supervisors of the Boston Public School System (1876), Lucretia Crocker pioneered the method of teaching mathematics and the natural sciences during her decade-long tenure. Earlier, she was among the first women elected to the Boston School Committee, and a strong advocate for higher education for women.

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Euphemia Goldsborough

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Confederate Nurse and Smuggler from Maryland

Euphemia Goldsborough exemplifies the Southern woman committed to the Confederacy. Against all odds and at great risk to her own personal safety, she smuggled necessities into Southern hospitals and Northern prisons. Her story is one of courage, compassion and endurance.

Image: Euphemia Goldsborough at age 38

Early Years
Euphemia Goldsborough was born June [Read More ...]