Mary Randolph Custis Lee


Wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Mary Anna Randolph Custis, great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, was born on October 1, 1808, the only surviving child of George Washington Wash Custis and Mary Fitzhugh. Wash was raised by George and Martha Washington after the death of his father (Martha's son from a previous marriage). In 1802 he had settled his family [Read More ...]

Martha Ready Morgan


Wife of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan

Martha Ready was born near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on June 21, 1840. She was the sixth of eight children, and the second of four girls born to Colonel Charles Ready, Jr. and Martha Strong Ready. Affectionately known as "Mattie," she was described as a "very attractive young woman of medium height, with a shapely [Read More ...]

Fannie Lawrence Ricketts


Civil War Nurse

Fanny Lawrence was the daughter of an Englishman of wealth, J. Sharpe Lawrence, who owned large estates on the Island of Jamaica. Her parents were married at Elizabeth, New Jersey, and after some years of migratory life between England and the West Indies, decided to remain. There their third daughter Fanny was born.

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Mary Anna Morrison Jackson


Wife of General 'Stonewall' Jackson

Anna met her future husband while visiting her sister, Isabella Morrison Hill, wife of future Confederate General Dana Harvey Hill, in Lexington, Virginia, where Jackson was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute.

Image: Anna with daughter Julia Laura Jackson

Mary Anna Morrison - called Anna by friends and family - was born on July [Read More ...]

Arabella Griffith Barlow


Civil War Nurse and Wife of General Francis Barlow

Arabella Griffith Barlow became a Civil War nurse after her husband, Francis Barlow, joined the army in 1861. Barlow began the war as a private in the Twelfth Regiment of the New York Militia. Arabella became attached to the Sanitary Commission in 1862, but nursed her husband back to health after [Read More ...]

Hetty Cary


Wife of Confederate General John Pegram

Hetty Cary (1836–1892) was the wife of CSA General John Pegram. She is best remembered for making the first three battle flags of the Confederacy (along with her sister and cousin). Henry Kyd Douglas, in I Rode With Stonewall, described Hetty as "the handsomest woman in the Southland - with her classic face, her [Read More ...]