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Women and the Civil War (Part 9)

Posted By on December 26, 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 [Klinger] Schwalm

wife of

Samuel Schwalm

FARMER AND HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD.  During the war, while her husband was serving in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry from 1861-1864, she ran the family farm in Hegins Township and cared for five young children, one of whom was born in 1862.  The family has preserved most of the correspondence between the couple – which documents the remarkable resilience she had in meeting the daily crises she encountered.

rowadam-daucatherine-portrait-450Catherine E. Row

daughter of

Adam Row

clarkvalentinef-wifemercy-portrait-451Mercy Cordelia [Moody] Clark


Valentine F. Clark

goodjohnl-wifecassie-portrait-451Cassie [Schreffler] Good

wife of

John L. Good

heplerisaac-dauhannah-portrait-450Hannah [Hepler] Miller

daughter of

Isaac Hepler

artzjonas-motherrachelhartman-portrait-450Rachel [Hartman] Artz

mother of

Jonas Artz

hollandisaacw-wifeharriet-portrait-450-001Harriet [Workman] Holland

wife of

Isaac W. Holland

 kissingerjacob-wifeamanda-portrait-450Amanda [Williard] Kissinger

wife of

Jacob Kissinger

seachristjosephr-wifemary-portrait-450Mary J. [Kohler] Seachrist

wife of

Joseph R. Seachrist

hessjacob-wifeamanda-portrait-450Amanda S. [Klinger] Hess

wife of

Jacob Hess

keiperjohn-niecelil-portrait-450Lillie [Keiper] Blanning

niece of

John Keiper Jr.

nacedavidbenjamin-wifejuliet-portrait-451Juliet Danner [Wampler] Nace

wife of

David Benjamin Nace

sheetzpeter-wifemary-portrait-450Mary Agnes [Wise] Sheetz

wife of

Peter Sheetz

luboldgeorge-wifechristiana-portrait-450Christiana [Miller] Lubold

wife of

George Lubold

rieglelewis-wifeemma-portrait-450Emma Riegle

wife of

Lewis Riegle

klingerelias-motheranna-portrait-001Anna [Biegsler] Klinger

mother of

Elias Klinger

wrayalexanderd-wifematilda-portrait-450Matilda S. [Heiner] Wray

wife of

Alexander D. Wray

warfelwilliam-wifesarah-portrait-450Sarah [Shoop] Warfel

wife of

William Warfel

burklegeorge-daulydia-portrait-450Lydia Burkle

daughter of

George Burkle

 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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