Lucy Pickens


Queen of the Confederacy

Known during and after her lifetime as the Queen of the Confederacy, Lucy Pickens was described as "beautiful, brilliant and captivating" by her male contemporaries, and this perception of her helped shape the stereotype of the Southern belle.

Image: Lucy Holcombe Pickens in her 20s

Lucy Holcombe was born on June 11, 1832, on the Holcombe [Read More ...]

Louisa McCord


Writer and Plantation Mistress in the Civil War Era

Louisa Susanna McCord, political theorist, essayist, poet and book reviewer, was almost unique among antebellum southern women. Her published works fill two volumes and deal with subjects hardly touched by her female contemporaries. At the same time, she ran a plantation, supported her family and was the hard-hitting superintendent of an [Read More ...]

Eliza Frances Andrews


Novelist, Botanist and Educator

Eliza Frances Andrews (1840-1931) was a popular Southern writer whose works were published in popular newspapers and magazines, including the New York World and Godey's Lady's Book. Her longer works included The War-Time Journal of a Georgian Girl (1908) and two botany textbooks. Her passion was writing, but financial troubles forced her to take a teaching [Read More ...]

Jane Grey Swisshelm


Editor, Journalist and Newspaper Publisher

Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884) was a journalist, publisher, abolitionist and women's rights advocate. She was active as a writer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and as a publisher and editor in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she founded a string of newspapers and regularly wrote for them.

Jane Grey Cannon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 6, [Read More ...]

Ellen Craft


Abolitionist and Fugitive Slave from Georgia

Ellen Craft was a slave from Macon, Georgia who escaped to the North in 1848. Craft, the light-skinned daughter of a mulatto slave and her white master, disguised herself as a white male planter. Her husband William Craft accompanied her, posing as her personal servant. She traveled openly by train and steamboat, arriving in [Read More ...]

Catherine Devereux


Civil War Diaries from North Carolina

Catherine Devereux Edmondston (1823-1875) was a member of the planter aristocracy of Halifax County, North Carolina. She was an educated woman of strong character whose intelligence and prejudices surfaced repeatedly in her letters and Civil War diaries. During the 1850s Catherine and her husband Patrick enjoyed a calm, fairly prosperous life at Looking Glass [Read More ...]