Helen Dortch Longstreet

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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 ...]

Caroline Harrison

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First First Lady to Support Women's Rights

Caroline Harrison, the wife of President Benjamin Harrison, was First Lady from 1889 until her death. She is remembered for her efforts to refurbish the aging White House. Her public support of women's rights and higher education for women focused greater attention on those issue and promoted greater acceptance of a First Lady's [Read More ...]

Lucy Webb Hayes

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First Lady and Wife of Union General Rutherford B. Hayes

Lucy Webb Hayes (1831-1889) was First Lady of the United States and the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes, but prior to his presidency, Hayes was a general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Lucy's kindness and great moral courage contributed greatly to her husband's successful military and [Read More ...]

Annie Haggerty Shaw

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Wife of Union Colonel Robert Gould Shaw

Annie Haggerty and Robert Gould Shaw met in 1861; they married in May 1863. Their time together was brief, but their letters sustained them through long separations while Robert served in the Union Army. Twenty six days after their wedding Colonel Shaw left to command the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the first all-black regiment [Read More ...]

Elizabeth Meagher

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Wife of Union General Thomas Francis Meagher

Elizabeth Townsend was born in New York September 20, 1830, the daughter of Peter and Caroline Parish Townsend of Monroe, New York. Thomas Francis Meagher, born in Ireland August 3, 1823, was an Irish nationalist, an American politician and a Union Army general during the Civil War. In his younger years he was [Read More ...]

Mary Pinkney Hardy MacArthur

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Wife of Union General Arthur MacArthur, Jr.

Mary Pinkney Hardy MacArthur was the wife of Arthur MacArthur, Union general and Medal of Honor recipient for his actions at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, and the mother of General Douglas MacArthur, one of the most highly decorated American soldiers in World War I and supreme allied commander of the Southwest Pacific [Read More ...]