Friday, March 15, 2013

Women's History Month 2013: Women and the Civil War

Resources for Researching Your Female Ancestor, Day # 15

 Annie Surratt. Flickr the Commons.US National Archives

Interested in researching female ancestors during the American Civil War? Here's some books and websites that you should take a look at. They provide social history as well as  ideas for resources.


Attie, Jeanie. Patriotic Toil: Northern Women and the American Civil War. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Berkin, Carol. Civil War Wives: The Lives and Times of Angelina Grimké Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

Blanton, DeAnne, and Lauren M. Cook. They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002.

Camp, Stephanie M. H. Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Clinton, Catherine, and Nina Silber. Battle Scars: Gender and Sexuality in the American Civil War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006

Collins, Gail. America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines. New York: William Morrow, 2003.

Creighton, Margaret S. The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg's Hidden History : Immigrants, Women, and African-Americans in the Civil War's Defining Battle. New York: Basic Books, 2005.

Culpepper, Marilyn M. Trials and Triumphs: Women of the American Civil War. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1991.

Culpepper, Marilyn M. Women of the Civil War South: Personal Accounts from Diaries, Letters, and Postwar Reminiscences. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co, 2004

Edwards, Laura F. Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000.

Faust, Drew G. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Forbes, Ella. African American Women During the Civil War. New York: Garland, 1998

Giesberg, Judith A. Civil War Sisterhood: The U.S. Sanitary Commission and Women's Politics in Transition. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000.

Giesberg, Judith A. Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Graf, Mercedes. On the Field of Mercy: Women Medical Volunteers from the Civil War to the First World War. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books, 2010.

Johnston, Carolyn. Cherokee Women in Crisis: Trail of Tears, Civil War, and Allotment, 1838-1907. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2003.

Leonard, Elizabeth D. Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil War. New York: W.W. Norton, 1994.

Leonard, Elizabeth D. All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1999.

Lowry, Thomas P. Confederate Heroines: 120 Southern Women Convicted by Union Military Justice. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006

McSherry, Frank D, Charles Waugh, and Martin H. Greenberg. Civil War Women: The Civil War Seen Through Women's Eyes in Stories by Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Eudora Welty, and Other Great Women Writers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

McDevitt, Theresa. Women and the American Civil War: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2003.

Petite, Mary D. The Women Will Howl: The Union Army Capture of Roswell and New Manchester, Georgia, and the Forced Relocation of Mill Workers. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co, 2008.

Revels, Tracy J. Grander in Her Daughters: Florida's Women During the Civil War. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2004.

Rhoades, Nancy L, Lucy E. Bailey, and Edwin L. Lybarger. Wanted--correspondence: Women's Letters to a Union Soldier. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009.

Richard, Patricia L. Busy Hands: Images of the Family in the Northern Civil War Effort. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003.

Schultz, Jane E. Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Silber, Nina. Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Sizer, Lyde C. The Political Work of Northern Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850-1872. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Sullivan, Walter. The War the Women Lived: Female Voices from the Confederate South. Nashville: J.S. Sanders, 1995.

Taylor, Susie K. Reminiscences of My Life in Camp: An African American Woman's Civil War Memoir. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006.

Waugh, Charles, and Martin H. Greenberg. The Women's War in the South: Recollections and Reflections of the American Civil War. Nashville, Tenn: Cumberland House, 1999.

Whites, LeeAnn, and Alecia P. Long. Occupied Women: Gender, Military Occupation, and the American Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009.

Winkler, H D. Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War. Naperville, Ill: Cumberland House, 2010.

Wood, Kirsten E. Masterful Women: Slaveholding Widows from the American Revolution Through the Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Young, Elizabeth. Disarming the Nation: Women's Writing and the American Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.


American Women's History: The Civil War PeriodMiddle Tennessee State University.

American Women's Letters & Diaries: A Bibliography.

Blanton, DeAnne. "Women Soldiers of the Civil War" Prologue: Selected Articles.National Archives and Records Administration.

The Civil War: Women and the Homefront. Duke University Libraries 

"Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War." University of Virginia Library.


Cheri Hudson Passey said...

Thanks for all these resources! I have several of these woman that I am looking into.

Jana Last said...

Awesome! Thanks for these. It was stated in a newspaper article that my 2nd great-grandaunt was a postmaster at Camp Chas. during the Civil War. I'd love to see if I could find information about that.

Jana Last said...


I just wanted to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

Have a great weekend!

Gena Philibert-Ortega said...

Hi Jana-

Thanks for the mention. I really appreciate it! Hope you have a great weekend as well!