women of the civil war

Diary of a Southern Refugee During the War

This diary by Judith Brockenbrough McGuire, edited by James I. Robertson, Jr., is among the first of such works published after the Civil War. Although McGuire's is one of the most-quoted memoirs by a Confederate woman, James I. Robertson's edition is the first to present vital details not given in the original text. His meticulous annotations furnish references for poems and quotations, supply the names of individuals whom McGuire identifies by their initials alone, and provide an in-depth account of McGuire's extraordinary life. Hardcover, 366 pages.

Widow's Weeds and Weeping Veils Revised

This book explores how Victorians viewed death and dying, describing the cultural and social changes that occurred as a result of the historical events of their time. This concise, informative work is ideal for students of the nineteenth century, Civil War enthusiasts, and anyone interested in Victorian era culture. By Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins. Paperback, 56 pages.

Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause

Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause, by Caroline E. Janney. Immediately after the Civil War, white women across the South organized to retrieve and rebury the remains of Confederate soldiers scattered throughout the region. In Virginia alone, these Ladies' Memorial Associations (LMAs) relocated and reinterred the remains of more than 72,000 soldiers, nearly 28 percent of the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who perished in the war.

Mothers of Invention

Recipient of the 1996 Jefferson Davis Award. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin Faust. Drawing on eloquent primary sources, this work shows the upheval caused by the Civil War, the disintegration of slavery, and the disappearance of prewar prosperity in the lives of the Confederacy's elite women. (326 pages, 9.25 x 6, Paperback)

Stealing Secrets

During America's most divisive war, both the Union and Confederacy took advantage of brave and courageous women willing to adventurously support their causes. These female spies of the Civil War participated in the world's second-oldest profession--spying--a profession perilous in the extreme. The tales of female spies are filled with suspense, bravery, treachery, and trickery. They took enormous risks and achieved remarkable results--changing the face of the war itself. By H. Donald Winkler. Paperback, 334 pages.

Courting Customs in America

Offers selected excerpts and illustrations from period courting and etiquette guides and manuals. Includes features such as bundling, the language of flowers, courting on the front porch, and the customs of engagement and marriage from the colonial era in America to the early 20th century. By Alain George, 30 pages.

Martines Handbook of Etiquette

A complete manual for those who desire to understand the rules of good breeding, the customs of good society and to avoid incorrect and vulgar habits. Published in 1866, this book informs those of us in modern-day America the expectations of our mid-nineteen century ancestors within polite society. It also includes, The etiquette of courtship, marriage, domestic duties and fifty-six rules to be observed in general society. Paper: 167 pp.


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