Jane Howison Beale


Civil War Diarist and Educator

Image: Widow Jane Howison Beale, Fredericksburg's most prominent woman, lived in this home at the corner of Lewis and Charles Streets, and left a vivid account of the town during the Civil War. She was among the many who fled during the shelling from Federal artillery.

Early Years
Jane Howison was born in Fredericksburg, [Read More ...]

Rachel Cormany


Civil War Diarist from Pennsylvania

Rachel Bowman was born in Canada in 1836. During a time when few women had the opportunity for a formal education, Rachel received the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Image: Samuel and Rachel Cormany

To pay Rachel's tuition, the family had moved to Westerville and opened a boarding house [Read More ...]

Cornelia McDonald


Civil War Diarist of Winchester, Virginia

Cornelia McDonald (1822–1909) was the author of A Diary with Reminiscences of the War and Refugee Life in the Shenandoah Valley, 1860-1865 in which she records her experiences during the Civil War as a woman living in Winchester, Virginia. The town changed hands numerous times during the war, and life there was uncertain at [Read More ...]