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A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, pre civil war photos and the period in cultural history that began just after the civil war. The historical info, photos and documents in this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers, you cannot compare the beliefs and ethical values of the people of the 1800's to the standards of today.
Every effort is taken to remember the men and women of the Union and Confederacy equally with dignity and respect.
The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune.
Women In The Civil War- Women In An Era When Women Could Not Vote, Hold Bank Accounts Or Take A Direct Role In Business.
The historian Nina Silber has argued that although Northern women’s civic participation was encouraged and did expand because of the Civil War, there still remained obstacles to women’s involvement in the public sphere. Not only were they deprived of their breadwinners, often causing hardship, but their involvement was also predicated on their serving the government, not the government serving their needs.
Poorer women were often far more vulnerable to the war’s devastation than were elite slave holding women. The wives and children of yeomen farmers had far fewer resources to draw on when left to their own devices, and many experienced food shortages as early as 1862. Governor Joseph E. Brown's papers are filled with letters from indigent women seeking relief, in terms of either food and farm supplies or exemptions for their husbands and other male relatives from military service. Neither sort of request met with much response from the state government until the war’s midpoint, when it implemented sporadic efforts at relief for soldiers’ wives and widows through the distribution of corn or grain, and sometimes money. Wives of deserters or Unionists in the South were usually denied any share in such relief.
Sources: Library of Congress and Frank, Lisa T. “Women during the Civil War.” New Georgia Encyclopedia. 28 August 2013. Web. 17 November 2013. Photo: Unidentified Union SoldierAnd Unidentified Woman