During the Civil War, Americans observed an elaborate set of rules that governed their behavior following the death of a spouse or relative. After the loss of a husband, the widow was not to leave home without full mourning garb and weeping veil for one year and a day.
After his troops had endured several charges, Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain decided that a countercharge might catch the Confederates off guard. This painting depicts the 20th Maine's desperate bayonet charge down the slopes of Little Round Top at the Battle of Gerrysburg.
A Unionist circle of women in Atlanta was led by Vermonter Cyrena Stone. She and her pro-Union cohorts risked their lives to assist the escape of Union prisoners, to protect slaves, and to provide intelligence to General William Tecumseh Sherman's advancing army.
Passionate Love, Civil War and Tragic Loss
The letters exchanged between General Stonewall Jackson to his wife Anna tell the story of this remarkable couple. Even in the midst of the most difficult military campaigns of the Civil War, the general made time to write extensive letters of love and devotion to his bride. Theirs was one of the great [Read More ...]
Educator and Suffragist
Mary Stafford Anthony was the youngest sister of the famous social reformer and feminist Susan B. Anthony. Often overshadowed by her older sibling, Mary was a suffragist and educator who served as the first female school principal in western New York. She played an active role in several social reform organizations, including the New York Women's Suffrage [Read More ...]
Caring for the Wounded in Our Nation's Capital
Federal General Hospitals
The title of United States Army General Hospital applied to facilities where soldiers from any military unit, unlike Division or Corps Hospitals.
Image: Harewood Hospital
From 1861 through 1865, General Hospitals treated more than one million soldiers with a mortality rate of only eight percent, [Read More ...]