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Women and the Civil War (Part 2)

Posted By on November 21, 2016

Women and the Civil War” is an exhibit of photographs and stories of women who had family connections with soldiers of that war.  It was first displayed at the Gratz Fair in September 2013, where it received “first place” in a non-profit division.  Afterward, it was displayed in 2014 at the Williamtown-Williams Township Historical Society; in 2015 at the Pillow Historical Society; and in 2016 at the Elizabethville Area Historical Society.  With the “retiring” of the actual exhibit, the photographs and stories are now presented here on The Civil War Blog in a thirteen part series.

For each of the thirteen series parts, one woman is featured first along with a brief description of her connection to a Civil War soldier.  For the other women who are pictured in each part, a brief story is not provided, but blog readers are invited to add their own stories as comments to the blog post.  In some cases, the women or the soldiers have been previously featured on this blog and links are provided to those posts.


Portraits and Stories.  This portrait gallery is of women from the Lykens Valley and beyond who were influenced by or had an influence on the Civil War.  It includes mothers, wives and daughters of men of the Civil War generation.  A few of their stories have been briefly told here [in the exhibit].  As part of the Civil War Research Project, photographs and stories of these remarkable women are being collected and preserved for future generations.  Over time, much of this history has been lost because it has not been recorded and saved.  For the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, it has been a priority to collect, record and preserve this valuable part of our heritage.


gratzjohnc-pensionindex-001bAnne Ellen [Carson] Gratz

mother of

John C. Gratz

Her son, while serving with the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, died of typhoid fever at Camp Northumberland, Virginia, in January 1862, and her husband, Theodore Gratz, former mayor of Gratz, Pennsylvania, died in Harrisburg in September 1863, leaving her with four young children.  With no means of support other than her older children, she decided to apply for pension benefits because her son John died in the war.   The record from the National Archives shows that she did not receive a Civil War pension.

schwalmfredericks-wifesarah-portrait-450Sarah [Rubendall] Schwalm

wife of

Frederick S. Schwalm

evittsbenjamin-wifesarahyeager-portrait-450-001Sarah Ann [Yeager] Evitts

wife of

Benjamin J. Evitts

thomaselias-wifesarah-portrait-450Sarah [Rough] Thomas

wife of

Elias Thomas

hawkwilliam-wifesarah-portrati-450Sarah [Kocher] Hawk

wife of

William Hawk

kembelisaac-wifematilda-portrait-451Matilda [Bickel] Kembel

wife of

Isaac Kembel

riegleharrison-sistlaw-beckyrickert-450Becky Rickert

sister-in-law of

Harrison Riegle

kembelisaac-wifematilda-portrait-450Matilda [Bickel] Kembel

wife of

Isaac Kembel

thomaselias-daueliza-portrait-450Eliza Thomas

daughter of

Elias Thomas

hoffmancornelius-dauagnes-portrait-450-001Agnes [Hoffman] Sheetz

daughter of

Cornelius Hoffman


Eliza Thomas

wife of

John L. Williard

All currently posted parts of this series may be accessed by clicking on Women&CivilWar.  Photographs are scaled for printing on 4 x 6 photo paper without further adjustment.


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