Posted By Norman Gasbarro on January 2, 2017
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.
THE ACTRESS. She was one of the most famous actresses in America at the time of the Civil War, but had the misfortune of performing at Ford’s Theatre the night of the Lincoln assassination. All of the members of the cast were suspected of taking part in a conspiracy and were detained. Two days later she managed to flee Washington by train and was arrested in Harrisburg, but was released the next day by order of the Secretary of War. Her career never recovered. In her waning days she played theatres in small Pennsylvania towns.
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.