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Women and the Civil War (Part 8)

Posted By on December 23, 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.



Post 101 – Lykens and Wiconisco

A Women’s Relief Corps of the G.A.R. provided services to Civil War veterans in Lykens, Wiconisco, and the surrounding area.  In addition to many other activities, they purchased a plot for indigent veterans in the Lykens Cemetery, raised funds to erect a Civil War monument which is located on North Second Street in Lykens, and provided relief to widows and orphans.  The organization lasted into the 1950s with the support of daughters of the veterans.  The photograph is of the women from the Lykens Post and was taken late in the 19th Century.

keiperjohn-niecelaura-portrait-450Laura Keiper

niece of

John Keiper Jr.

klingerisrael-wifecaroline-portrait-001Caroline [Schwalm] Klinger

wife of

Israel Klinger

minnichcyrus-daucatharine-portrait-450-001Catharine Agnes Minnich

daughter of

Cyrus Minnich

juryjohnfrederick-sisterelizabeth-portrait-450Elizabeth [Jury] Woolridge

sister of

John Frederick Jury

clarkvalentinef-daulouise-portrait-450Louise Catherine Clark

daughter of

Valentine F. Clark

longsdorfhenryb-wiferebecca-450Rebecca [Zartman] Longsdorf

wife of

Henry B. Longsdorf

umhjoltzedmon-dausally-portrait-450Sally Umholtz

daughter of

Edmon Umholtz

faustcornelius-sistersarah-portrait-450Sarah [Faust] Ritzman

sister of

Cornelius Faust

neyisrael-daulawcatherinekoons-portrait-450Catherine [Koons] Ney

daughter-in-law of

Israel Ney

clarkvalentinef-daunora-portrait-450Nora Alice Clark

daughter of

Valentine F. Clark

erdmansinary-wifeisabella-portrait-450Isabella [Wiest] Erdman

wife of

Sinary Erdman

goodmanwilliam-wifechristina-portrait-450Christina [Hand] Goodman

wife of

William Goodman

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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