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Women and the Civil War (Part 4)

Posted By on December 7, 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.


riegleharrison-daulizzie-portrait-450Lizzie Riegle

daughter of

Harrison Riegle

She was the oldest daughter of a Civil War veteran.  After assisting with the care of her ailing father, she helped support her widowed mother and younger siblings by working as a midwife in Lykens Township, a skill she learned from her aunts and grandmother.  She never married.

hassingerjacob-wifelydia-portrait-450Lydia Ann [Gipple] Hassiner

wife of

Jacob Hassinger

welkerbenjamin-wifeelizabeth-portrait-450Elizabeth [Gunderman] Welker

wife of

Benjamin Welker

schwalmsamuel-daualice-portrait-001Alice Schwalm

daughter of

Samuel Schwalm

kauffmanemanuel-motherinlaw-marymag-portrait-450Maria Kiehner

mother-in-law of

Emanuel Kauffman

schwalmsamuel-dauagatha-portrait-450Agatha Schwalm

daughter of

Samuel Schwalm

gratzjohnc-ggmothermiriam-portrait-450Miriam [Simon] Gratz

great grandmother of

John C. Gratz

hooverhenry-dauida-portrait-450-001Ida L. Hoover

daughter of

Henry Hoover

minnichcyrus-dauclara-portrait-450Clara E. Minnich

daughter of

Cyrus Minnich

riegleharrison-wifehannah-portrait-450Hannah [Rickert] Riegle

wife of

Harrison Riegle

hoffmanjonasw-wifesarah-portrait-450Sarah [Rickert] Hoffman

wife of

Jonas W. Hoffman

reynoldsjohnf-sisterlydia-portrait-450Lydia [Reynolds] Evans

sister of

John F. Reynolds

zerfingelias-wifeeliz-portrait-450Elizabeth [Hepner] Zerfing

wife of

Elias Zerfing

williardjohnl-wifeeliza-portrait-450Eliza [Thomas] Williard

wife of

John L. Williard

minnichcyrus-wifecaroline-portrait-450Caroline Lubold McColly Minnich

wife of

Cyrus Minnich

hoffajohn-wifemargaret-portrait-450Margaret [Umholtz] Hoffa

wife of

John Hoffa

swabjonas-mothersarahheller-portrait-450Sally [Heller] Swab

mother of

Jonas Swab

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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