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Women and the Civil War (Part 3)

Posted By on November 28, 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.


Elizabeth Thompson

sister of

Alexander F. Thompson

After her brother William was killed at Fredericksburg in 1862, she left Pine Grove and volunteered to serve as a nurse at Carver General Hospital in Washington, D.C.  She died there of disease in 1864.  The scene at the hospital shows a nurse sitting at the bedside of a recovering soldier.  A younger brother, Alexander, of Tower City, was a veteran of the war and later became a State Representative and Senator representing Schuylkill County.

keiperjohn-nieceminnie-portrait-450Minnie [Keiper] Blackway

niece of

John Keiper Jr.

myersjoelb-motherlaw-susannahely-portrait-450Susannah [Row] Ely

mother-in-law of

Joel B. Myers

dietrickemanuel-portraitdauminnie-450Minnie Dietrich

daughter of

Emanuel Dietrich

lincolnabraham-stepmother-sarahbush-portrait-450Sarah [Bush] Lincoln

step-mother of

Abraham Lincoln

jurydaniel-wifemary-portrait-450Mary [Lehman] Jury

wife of

Daniel Jury

muhlenbergcharlesp-motherelizabeth-portrait-450Elizabeth [Duchman] Muhlenberg

mother of

Charles P. Muhlenberg

burklegeorge-dauflora-portrait-450Flora Burkle

daughter of

George Burkle

kissingerjacob-mothlaw-lovinadeibler-portrait-450Lovina [Deibler] Williard

mother-in-law of

Jacob Kissinger

klingerisrael-daulawkatiemiller-portrait-450Katie [Miller] Klinger

daughter-in-law of

Israel Klinger

wingertwilliam-wifelouisa-portrait-450Louisa Jane [Grimm] Wingert

wife of

William Wingert

jurytheodore-wifemaryelizabeth-portrait-450Mary Elizabeth [Link] Jury

wife of

Theodore Jury

keiperjohn-niecesally-portrait-450Sally [Keiper] Rowe

niece of

John Keiper Jr.

riegleharrison-mothlaw-betsyrickert-portrait-450Betsy [Yerges] Rickert

mother-in-law of

Harrison Riegle

hearterjonathan-wifemary-portrait-450Mary [Berkheimer] Hearter

wife of

Jonathan Hearter

hawkwilliam-dauidamae-portrait-450Ida Mae [Hawk] Evans

daughter of

William Hawk

fageralbertj-wifesophia-portrait-450Sophia L. [Walzer] Fager

wife of

Albert James Fager

hoffmancornelius-daumargaret-portrait-001Margaret [Hoffman] Dempsey

daughter of

Cornelius Hoffman

nacedavidbenjamin-wifejuliet-portrait-450Juliet Danner [Wampler] Nace

wife of

David Benjamin Nace

burklegeorge-wifeamelia-portrait-450Amelia [Puester] Burkle

wife of

George Burkle

hoffmancornelius-daulucyellen-portrait-450Lucy Ellen [Hoffman] Lenker

daughter of

Cornelius Hoffman

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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