Wife of Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee

Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818-1906) wrote hundreds of letters to her husband, Rear Admiral Samuel Philips Lee, who commanded the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. Admiral Lee was away for long periods as commander of the USS Philadelphia, and in her letters to him Elizabeth described wartime life from her homes at Washington, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.

Elizabeth Blair was born on June 20, 1818, in Frankfort, Kentucky, and was …Read More...

Wife of Confederate General George Pickett

Image: A publicity photo taken during her early years as an author and narrator

LaSalle Corbell Pickett was a prolific author and lecturer, and the third wife of George Pickett, the Confederate general best known for his participation in the doomed assault known as Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg. She gave her birth year as 1848 in order to perpetuate the myth that she was the Child Bride of the Confederacy, and …Read More...

Wife of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart

Flora Cooke was born in Missouri on January 3, 1836, the daughter of Virginia career Army officer Philip St. George Cooke. Educated at a private boarding school in Detroit, Flora met the dashing James Ewell Brown (JEB) Stuart while her father was commanding the 2nd U.S. Dragoons at Fort Leavenworth. His friends called him "Jeb." Stuart had recently graduated from West Point and was stationed on the Kansas frontier. As befitted the daughter of …Read More...

Wife of Confederate General Josiah Gorgas

Amelia Gayle Gorgas served the University of Alabama as hospital matron, librarian and post-mistress for twenty-five years until her retirement at the age of eighty in 1907. She was the first female librarian on the campus, and the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library was the first academic building at the University named for a woman.

Amelia Gayle was born June 1, 1826, in Greensboro, Alabama. She was the third of six children born to John …Read More...

Fiancee of General John Reynolds

Catherine Mary Hewitt became engaged to future Union General John Reynolds in California in the late 1850s. Since they were from different religious denominations - Reynolds was a Protestant, Hewitt a Catholic - she kept their engagement a secret, even from her parents. Kate and Reynolds had decided that if he were killed during the war and they could not marry, she would join a convent.

Born in Stillwater, Saratoga County, New York, there is …Read More...

Wife of Confederate General Richard Ewell

Lizinka Campbell was the daughter of a Tennessee State senator, who was also Minister to Russia under President James Monroe. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1820, and was named for the Russian Czarina who had become her mother's close friend. She grew up to be a beautiful young lady.

Image: General Richard Ewell

Somewhere along the way, Lizinka's first cousin, Richard Stoddert Ewell, developed a great love for her. He was …Read More...