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Women and the Civil War (Part 10)

Posted By on December 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.


gratzjohnc-grauntrebeccagratz-portrait-001Rebecca Gratz

great aunt of

John C. Gratz

THE LETTER WRITER.  When the Civil War began, Rebecca Gratz, sister to Simon Gratz, the founder of Gratz, Pennsylvania, offered her services as a nurse, but because of her advanced age, she was rejected.  She spent the years 1861-1865 in Philadelphia corresponding with her nephews who fought on both sides of the conflict.  Because of religious differences, she was estranged from her nephew Theodore Gratz‘s family in Gratz and did not know that her grand-nephew John C. Gratz died in the war.

hessjohn-wifecaroline-portrait-450Caroline [Moyer] Hess

wife of

John Hess

martzcorneliusc-dauminnie-portrait-451Minnie Martz

daughter of

Cornelius C. Martz

umholtzedmon-daucarrie-portrait-450Carrie Umholtz

daughter of

Edmon Umholtz

 kelloggcharlesh-wifemargaret-portrait-450Margaret [Todd] Kellogg

wife of

Charles H. Kellogg

schwalmsamuel-daueliz-portrait-450Elizabeth Schwalm

daughter of

Samuel Schwalm

tylerwilliamwallace-wifeportrait-450Mary Ellen [Gratz] Tyler

wife of

William Wallace Tyler

gratzjohnc-gauntrachel-portrait-450Rachel [Gratz] Moses

great aunt of

John C. Gratz

rambergerdanielk-wifefromena-portrait-450Fromena [Brown] Ramberger

wife of

Daniel K. Ramberger

herrwilliamwallace-wifekitty-portrait-450Kitty [Todd] Herr

wife of

William Wallace Herr

umholtzedmon-mothereliz-portrait-450Elizabeth [Keiser] Umholtz

mother of

Edmon Umholtz

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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