Sophronia Bucklin


Civil War Nurse from New York

Image: Sophronia Bucklin
Nurse at Camp Letterman General Hospital
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Born in New York State in 1828, Sophronia Bucklin was a seamstress before the war, but put aside her needle and thread to nurse wounded Union soldiers. In her memoirs, In Hospital and Camp: A Woman's Record of Thrilling Incidents among [Read More ...]

Civil War Nashville


First State Capital to Fall to the Union Army

Image: View of Nashville from the steps of the Capitol Building, with Union artillery in place

Nashville, Tennessee was an extremely important city during the Civil War. It was in the top 50 of the most populous cities with 17,000 residents. After Fort Donelson fell to Union troops February [Read More ...]

Widows of Gettysburg


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


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


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


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 ...]