Mary Theodosia Palmer Banks


Wife of Union General Nathaniel Banks

Mary Theodosia Palmer was born October 16, 1819 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jeduthan and Sarah Palmer. In her youth, Mary worked at the spinning frame in a Waltham textile mill, where she met Nathaniel Prentice Banks, son of one of the foremen there. Banks had attended a one-room school run by his [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 ...]

Emily Chase Warren


Wife of Union General Gouverneur Warren

Image: Emily Chase, soon to be Mrs. G.K. Warren
New York State Library

On St. Valentine's Day 1862, Emily Forbes Chase met Gouverneur Warren at a party in Baltimore, and they fell in love. She was twenty-one at the time. The couple were married on June 17, 1863, and two weeks later General [Read More ...]

Kate Corbin Pendleton


Wife of Confederate Officer Sandie Pendleton

Early Years
Catherine Carter Corbin was born in July 1839 at the Laneville estate in King and Queen County, Virginia, the daughter of James Parke Corbin, whose family had lived in the Rappahannock River valley for generations. Richard Corbin succeeded Lord Dunmore and served as royal governor until the beginning of the American [Read More ...]

Louisa Hawkins Canby


Civil War Nurse and Wife of General E.R.S. Canby

Louisa Hawkins Canby, wife of Union General Edward Richard Sprigg (E.R.S.) Canby, was named the Angel of Santa Fe for her compassion toward the cold and wounded Confederate soldiers who occupied Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1862. She not only nursed the Rebel troops, but also showed them the location of [Read More ...]

Helen Dortch Longstreet


Second Wife of General James Longstreet

Helen Dortch Longstreet, known as the Fighting Lady, lived a long and eventful life. She earned her nickname as a champion of causes such as preservation of the environment, women's suffrage and civil rights for African Americans. She also spent a great deal of time and energy defending her husband's actions during the Civil [Read More ...]