The R.C. Parish of Precious Blood, Glen Walter - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1913-1962
[Glengarry County, Ontario]
Some long lost Births, Marriages Deaths along the St. Lawrence River from Dundas to Glengarry County, Ontario c1840-c1950
Petitions, Land Grants & Land Petitions For the Counties of Glengarry and Stormont, Ontario - a Finding Aid
Tracing Coalmining Ancestors,
Guide For Family Historians
Canada's Heroes in WWI, Cornwall,
Alexandria, Vankleek Hill, Hawkesury
St. Ann R.C. Church, Merrickville, Grenville County, Ontario,
St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church, Westport, Leeds Grenville County, Ontario
Guide to Genealogical Writing,
How to Write and Publish
Your Family History
History of Adoption in
England & Wales (1850-1961)
Collection of Lanark County,
Ontario Marriage Records 1817-1967
Writing Your Family History,
A Guide for Family Historians
St. Finnan's (R.C.) Parish,
Alexandria, Glengarry County
Baptisms, Burials & Marriages 1836-1945
Ireland, An Alphabetical Index
of Townlands and Towns
A Journey Through
(Glamorgan Twp, Ontario)
Record of Essex Couny, Ontario
News & How-To
Formerly branded as GlobalGazette.ca
Articles, press releases,and how-to information for everyone interested in genealogy and history
Subscribe to our free newsletter
The Importance of Women in the Civil War
Column published: 02 December 2006 - Updated 14 August 2012
By: Shirley Gage Hodges Biography & Archived Articles
Since I consider myself first and foremost a Civil War history buff and one of my genealogical interests is tracing females I have always been fascinated by the stories of women who lived through that period. The Civil War was the first total war, meaning war was not only inflicted on soldiers, but civilians, land and cities as well. The role that women played in this terrible four-year conflict was very important. Unlike any war prior, women played an enormous part in the lives of the soldier's family and home life. They play a significant part in how the War progressed and eventually ended.
We need to always remember for every man who endured the rigors of the civil war, someplace there was perhaps a mother, sister, wife or sweetheart who worried and grieved for him. The great suffering and frustration of the war was shared by everyone who lived during that time.
|Mary Ann Bickerdyke was a famous Civil War nurse. Source:
American Library of Congress
|I had never thought about the desperation that some of the families faced. If the man was gone and there was no way for the woman to earn a living.... what was she to do? Many women went with their husbands and pitched in as nurses, did camp chores and some participated in military drills and marches.
The records strongly suggest that women played a much greater role in combat during the Civil War than has ever been recognized.
We should be proud of all of our ancestors who lived through the Civil War, both male and female. The part played by our female ancestors whether on the home front, in the hospitals, or in the battlefield is something that should be investigated and remembered.
How the war impacted women:
Roles occupied by women during the Civil War:
- they were left behind to carry out the man's duties at home
- many women of the South had to take on the work of the slaves
- some saw the War as an opportunity to be leaders in the fight for abolition and equality
- gave their sons, husbands, and fathers to the war
- spies for both sides
- some disguised themselves as men and served in both the Union and Confederate Armies
- nursing (over 3,000 Union women became unpaid nurses during the conflict)
- provided aid and comfort to the sick and wounded soldiers
- ensured sanitary conditions
- visited the hospitals (Mary Todd Lincoln, the first lady brought flowers and food to the soldiers)
- fought for causes that men were unable and possibly unwilling to fight for
- Vivandiers (Daughters of the Regiment)
- made ammunition and uniforms needed at the front
Suggested Web Pages:
Shirley Hodges email@example.com
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
- The Women and The Crisis: Women of the North in the Civil War by Agatha Young. Published by McDowell , Obelensky, New York, 1959
- Reveille in Washington, by Margaret Leech, (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1941
- My Story of the War by Mary A. Livermore pub. by A. D. Worthington and Company, Hartford, Conn. 1881
- Civil War Women: The Civil War seen through Women's Eyes in stories by Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Eudora Wletay, and other great women writers, 1st Touchone ed., Simon and Schuster, New York, 1990
- Cyclone in Calico: the Story of May Ann Bickerdyke , by Nina Brown Baker, Little, Brown, Boston, 1952.
- Edmonds, S. Emma E. - Nurse and spy in the Union arm : comprising the adventures and experiences of a woman in hospitals, camps, and battlefields , Hartford, Conn.: W.S. Williams, 1865, 404 pgs.
- Women of the war: their heroism and self-sacrifice, Hartford, Ct.: S.S. Scranton, 1866, 606 pgs.. The activities of approximately forty Union women during the Civil War are described in this book on women's contributions to the Northern war effort.
- Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe; Alfred Kazin (Introduction). President Lincoln referred to this as the book that started the Civil War. It certainly portrayed slavery in the U.S. South dramatically enough to fire up Northern enthusiasm!
To read back issues of Shirley Hodges' articles, visit her biography & archived Articles
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Check out the resources at GlobalGenealogy.com:
History & Genealogy Books...
History and genealogy books, maps, CDs from a wide selection of publishers, including Global Heritage Press. Browse resources listed by country, location or topic.
Document & Artifact Preservation Products
Acid-free storage and display products to preserve and safely store your family heirloom documents and artifacts.
Printing & Binding Solutions
You've done the research, written the stories, gathered the photos and illustrations, and put them all together... Now let GlobalGenealogy.com produce a finished book you will be proud to call your own.
Family Tree Charts & Census Forms
Poster-size blank family tree charts, plus a variety of free blank letter-size charts and census forms
Montreal Directory 1868-1869
McDermids, Munros & other
Glengarry, Stormont Pioneers
A Geography and History of the County of Digby, Nova Scotia
Pakenham, Ottawa Valley Village 1823-1900 (in two volumes)
[Lanark County, Ontario]
History of New Brunswick
Two Volumes in One
Roll of Pupils of Upper Canada College Toronto, 1830 to 1916
A History of Old Kinderhook, NY
[ Hudson River Valley ]
The [UK] Census 1801-1911,
A Guide for the Internet Era
The First Century of Methodism in Canada, 1775-1883
Two Volumes In One
Cyclopedia of Methodism In Canada (1765 - 1880)