Amy Clarke


Confederate Soldier in the Civil War

One of the most famous Confederate female soldiers, who served in both cavalry and infantry, was Amy Clarke. At the age of 30, she enlisted as a private in a cavalry regiment with her husband, Walter, so she would not be separated from him. She disguised herself as a man, using the name Richard [Read More ...]

Tillie Pierce


Teenage Girl's View of the Battle of Gettysburg

Matilda (Tillie) Pierce was born in Gettysburg in 1848. She was 15 at the time of the battle, and had lived her entire life in Gettysburg, a village of 2400 persons. Her father made a good living as a butcher, and the family lived a comfortable life above his shop at the [Read More ...]

Lost Colony of Roanoke


Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony

Roanoke Island is located between the Outer Banks and the mainland coast of North Carolina. It is well known as the site of the Lost Colony, where the first settlement of British colonists disappeared in 1587. It is not so well known for another colony that was established during the Civil War. The island was important [Read More ...]

Cordelia Harvey


Civil War Nurse and Sanitary Agent

Cordelia Perrine Harvey (1824-1895) was a Civil War nurse and an agent of the Western Sanitary Commission. She worked throughout the war for Wisconsin's sick and wounded soldiers and children orphaned by the war. After five visits to the White House she convinced President Lincoln that building military hospitals in the North would allow [Read More ...]

Kate Chopin


Novelist and Short Story Writer

Kate Chopin (1851-1904) was an American author of short stories and novels. Though her writing career began more than two decades after the Civil War ended, her writing was greatly influenced by the aftermath of the war and the time she spent living in Louisiana. Chopin wrote two novels: At Fault (1890) and The Awakening [Read More ...]

Kate Magill


Civil War Nurse from Texas

Although she stood only 4 feet 10 inches tall, Kate Magill - a little known Texas heroine of the Civil War - survived many of life's unexpected hardships. Of volatile temperament, Magill compensated for her lack of stature with sheer guts, determination and an acidic tongue. Around Labor Day each year as Sabine Pass, Texas [Read More ...]