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Women and the Civil War (Part 12)

Posted By on January 4, 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.


riegleharrison-wifehannah-portrait-451Hannah [Rickert] Riegle

wife of

Harrison Riegle

A WIDOW’S PENSION.  Hannah lived for 20 years after the death of her husband in 1899. She collected his Civil War pension which helped her purchase a small farm in Lykens Township and send two sons to college – one to become an undertaker and another to become a teacher.  The youngest daughter married the grandson of Capt. Benjamin J. Evitts, a neighbor.

tobiasthomasj-wifelizzie-portrait-450Lizzie [Wood] Tobias

wife of

Thomas J. Tobias

henningerhenryw-wifemaryjane-portrait-450Mary Jane [Romberger] Henninger

wife of

Henry W. Henninger

lehmanjohn-wifedena-portrati-450Dena [Koppenhoffer] Lehman

wife of

John Lehman

schminkydrisaiah-wifeportrait-450Elizabeth [Wiest] Schminky

wife of

Isaiah S. Schminky

clarkvalentinef-wifemercy-portrait-450Mercy Cordelia [Moody] Clark

wife of

Valentine F. Clark

rothermelwilliamw-wifesarah-portrait-450Sarah Ann [Schaffer] Rothermel

wife of

William Rothermel

goodjohnl-wifecassie-portrait-450Cassie [Schreffler] Good

wife of

John L. Good

sheetzpeter-daumaryedna-portrait-450Mary Edna [Sheetz] Beard

daughter of

Peter Sheetz

minnichcyrus-dauemma-portrait-450Emma Jane Minnich

daughter of

Cyrus Minnich

hessjacob-wifeellaportrait-450Ella [Roadbach] Hess

wife of

Jacob Hess

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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