Women of the Civil War Titled “Lady”
Women did more during the Civil War than just sit at home waiting for their husbands, brothers and sons to come home. Some helped out behind the scenes and sometimes on the battlefields. Some of these women became famous for their efforts, while others intentionally tried to keep their work secret. Women in the 1860’s were not recognized for their abilities outside the home. Even today history books skip over the important contributions of women. Many unnamed women put their own health at risk to volunteer in military hospitals. Other women kept journals and diaries that recorded the day-to-day life during the war years and provided us with a first hand view of history. Women worked in the camps, and fought on the battlefields and on the home front. Some, like Pauline Cushman, even risked their lives as spies for the North. They are all unsung heroines in the greatest battle ever fought on American soil.
U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 111-B-1686
From:: Series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes, (Record Group 111)