Women in the Border State of Maryland Many Maryland women made significant contributions to the Union war effort. As a border state having both slaves and freedwomen, Maryland was divided in sentiment between the Union and the Confederacy. The most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman was also an escaped slave from Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harriet Tubman also served as Continued ..
Black Women Intelligence Agents in the Civil War Other than a very few famous African American women spies, little is known about the black women who gathered intelligence for the Union during the Civil War. We do know that some were former slaves and others were Northerners who volunteered to spy on the Confederacy. Image: Unidentified African American Woman Backstory Escaped slaves Continued ..
Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln Twenty-year-old Mary Todd began living with her sister Elizabeth Todd Edwards in Springfield, Illinois in October 1839, with Elizabeth serving as Mary's guardian. Despite their sometimes rocky relationship, Elizabeth rescued Mary Todd Lincoln from an insane asylum in 1875. Image: Elizabeth Todd Edwards (left) and Mary Todd Lincoln Elizabeth Todd was born in Continued ..
Volunteer Nurses: Forgotten Heroes of the Civil War At the beginning of the war, women in all walks of life saw the need for nurses and simply showed up at military hospitals. A few of the more famous nurses kept a written record of their experiences, including Hannah Ropes, Jane Stuart Woolsey, Kate Cumming and Katharine Prescott Wormeley. Some are merely names on lists in dusty government Continued ..