Martha Coston


Inventor of Night Signal Flares for the U.S. Navy

Martha Hunt Coston was born in 1826 in Baltimore, and moved to Philadelphia with her widowed mother, brothers, and sisters in the 1830s. At the age of 16, Martha eloped with Benjamin Franklin Coston, a promising young inventor.

The young couple were living a charmed life. Benjamin was appointed Master in [Read More ...]

Kate Cumming


Civil War Nurse from Alabama

Kate Cumming is best known for her dedicated service to sick and wounded Confederate soldiers. She spent much of the latter half of the Civil War as a nurse in field hospitals throughout Georgia. In 1866 she published A Journal of Hospital Life in the Confederate Army of Tennessee from the Battle of Shiloh to [Read More ...]

Antonia Ford


Confederate Spy in the Civil War

Antonia Ford was a Confederate spy credited with providing the military information during the First Battle of Manassas (1861), and during the two years following. In 1863 Ford was accused of spying for John Singleton Mosby after his partisan rangers captured Union general Edwin Stoughton in his headquarters. Mosby denied that Ford [Read More ...]

Sarah Parker Remond


Lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society

Sarah Parker Remond was an African American abolitionist, doctor and lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society. She delivered speeches throughout the United States on the horrors of slavery. Because of her eloquence, she was chosen to travel to England to gather support for the abolitionist cause in the United States.

Sarah Parker Remond was [Read More ...]

Susan Margaret Chancellor


Witness to the Battle of Chancellorsville

From the viewpoint of 16-year-old Susan Margaret Chancellor, one of the inhabitants of the Chancellor House, the war brought some excitement to her quiet life in rural Virginia. During the winter of 1862–1863, Confederate soldiers on outpost duty supplied Susan and her family with welcome entertainment.

His Supreme Moment
Mort Kunstler, Artist[Read More ...]

Civil War Thanksgiving


National Day of Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving dinner was held by the Pilgrims in October 1621, as a harvest festival in Plymouth Colony. President George Washington declared a day of Thanksgiving for the new nation in 1789, and another in 1795.

Image: Thanksgiving in Camp
Drawing by Alfred R. Waud
Thursday November 28, 1861

However, our national day [Read More ...]