Explore the history of women in the Civil War from their participation, impact, and perspective to customs, fashions, and past-times. Also contained in this section are stories of women who were directly involved in the war.
By James M. McPherson Embattled Rebel shows that it is too easy to diminish Davis because of his cause’s failure. In order to understand the Civil War and its outcome, it is essential to give Davis his due as a military leader and as the president of an aspiring Confederate nation. McPherson gives us Jefferson Davis as the commander in chief he really was, showing persuasively that while Davis did not win the war for the South, he was scarcely responsible for losing it. Hardcover 300 pages
Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne's hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson's private life , his brilliant 24-month career in the Civil War, his stunning effect on the course of the War itself, and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero. Hardcover 672 pages
Biographer Heah Hardage Lee chronicles the life of this little-known woman who unwittingly became the symbolic female figure of the defeated South. Lee spent over 20 years delving into Winnie Davis' life through personal letters, diaries, newspaper accounts and interviews with Davis' descendants. The result is a rare breed of biography -- when a writer really emphasizes with and breathes life into her subject.
By Casey Clabough In rare and rediscovered excerpts these women writers evidence the early hopes of a cause destined to be lost, the propagandic rhetoric which accompanied it, and the destruction ultimately visited upon them, their homes, and their families. Women of War brings to light a cornucopia of heretofore obscure women's writings which enrich our understanding of a complex, unsettling time unmatched in our nation's history. Paperback 158
This diary by Judith Brockenbrough McGuire, edited by James I. Robertson, Jr., is among the first of such works published after the Civil War. Although McGuire's is one of the most-quoted memoirs by a Confederate woman, James I. Robertson's edition is the first to present vital details not given in the original text. His meticulous annotations furnish references for poems and quotations, supply the names of individuals whom McGuire identifies by their initials alone, and provide an in-depth account of McGuire's extraordinary life. Hardcover, 366 pages.
Offers selected excerpts and illustrations from period courting and etiquette guides and manuals. Includes features such as bundling, the language of flowers, courting on the front porch, and the customs of engagement and marriage from the colonial era in America to the early 20th century. By Alain George, 30 pages.
Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause, by Caroline E. Janney. Immediately after the Civil War, white women across the South organized to retrieve and rebury the remains of Confederate soldiers scattered throughout the region. In Virginia alone, these Ladies' Memorial Associations (LMAs) relocated and reinterred the remains of more than 72,000 soldiers, nearly 28 percent of the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who perished in the war.
Confederate Women, edited by Mauriel Phillips Joslyn. This anthology of ten historical essays focuses on women's roles during the Civil War. Using archival research and excerpts from real women's own letters and diaries, these essays reveal true stories of heroism. (176 pages, 9 x 6, Paperback)
Amazing Women of the Civil War: Fascinating True Stories of Women Who Made a Difference, by Webb Garrison. Fascinating true stories of some of the most interesting and influential personalities of the Civil War. Their heroic deeds and selfless acts ranged from caring for the wounded to fighting on the battlefields. Included are Harriet Tubman, Belle Boyd, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, and many others. (288 pages, 9 x 6, Paperback)