Battles in the East, Historical Homes, Women in the War

Ellwood Manor – Connections in the Wilderness

There’s a saying that every human being on the planet is connected by just six degrees of separation. Nowhere is this more exemplified than in the case of Ellwood Manor, nestled in the heart of the Wilderness. The legacy begins with two brothers. William and Churchill Jones were the sons of Churchill Jones and Millicent… Continue reading Ellwood Manor – Connections in the Wilderness

Story of Slavery, Women in the War

A Black Woman’s Civil War Memoir – Susie King Taylor

I’m a little late to the party for Black History Month, but better late than never. I had seen this picture many times before in my travels and studies of the Civil War, but it wasn’t until recently that I became aware of this woman’s story and struggle. Susie King Taylor, born Susie Ann Baker… Continue reading A Black Woman’s Civil War Memoir – Susie King Taylor

Historical Homes, Women in the War

Chancellorsville Mansion – One House, So Much History

This statement is not for history buffs. This statement is for those who are just getting into Civil War military history or who did not read my previous posts about that pivotal battle in May of 1863. Chancellorsville was NOT a town. It was not a city. It might have had a post office, but… Continue reading Chancellorsville Mansion – One House, So Much History

Women in the War

Nellie M. Chase – Nightingale of Fredericksburg

It’s interesting what rabbit holes a researcher can fall into by accident. I have an extensive wish list for Civil War books. One of which I finally acquired last week, Women of the War: Their Heroism and Self-Sacrifice by Frank Moore. While perusing through the back description, I caught the word “Fredericksburg” and immediately flipped… Continue reading Nellie M. Chase – Nightingale of Fredericksburg

Story of Slavery, Women in the War

Mary Blackford – Advocate for Colonization

Many like to think that the Civil War was a strict divide of north and south. Those in the north believed in the power of the Union and that slavery was morally wrong. Those in the south believed in minimal government interference in state matters and endorsed slavery. However, the truth is far more complex… Continue reading Mary Blackford – Advocate for Colonization

Women in the War

Jane Howison Beale – A Widow of Fredericksburg

Something must be said for the resilience of the women who endured the Civil War. Not just the wives of the soldiers in battle, or the nurses who bound up the wounds. Not even for those who donned a uniform and marched alongside the men. I mean the women who had little to no stake… Continue reading Jane Howison Beale – A Widow of Fredericksburg

Women in the War

The Bravery of Fanny Ricketts

The role women played can’t be ignored. Whether it was in the home or on the battlefields themselves, the ladies of the Union and the Confederacy made a difference in the lives of the soldiers who fought for it. Manassas was no exception. Fanny Ricketts James Ricketts, the famed artillery commander who fired upon Henry… Continue reading The Bravery of Fanny Ricketts

Historical Homes, Women in the War

History of Judith Henry and Her House

There are two impressive monuments upon the Manassas Battlefield – in my humble opinion. Now, there are quite a few of them. Memorials and plaques abound across the national park. But I’m talking about two that stand out to me, as an amateur historian and battlefield trekker. The first is the monument to Thomas “Stonewall”… Continue reading History of Judith Henry and Her House

Women in the War

Sanchez Sister Spies – Confederate Patriots in Florida

Florida could be considered diverse ever since its infancy. Claiming statehood in 1821, the region was inhabited by white settlers, natives, and a variety of Hispanic nationalities. With the Spanish having founded the state, it made sense. When one thinks of Floridian Cubans, they might think of places further south like Miami or even Tampa.… Continue reading Sanchez Sister Spies – Confederate Patriots in Florida

Women in the War

A Confederate Nurse in Corinth

When one thinks of Civil War nurses, the name Clara Barton will come screaming from every corner of the internet and historical archives. However, just as Gettysburg, Antietam, and Manassas dominate the bulk of Civil War military history compared to Shiloh and Vicksburg, so Miss Barton overshadows one remarkable nurse in the western theater. Kate… Continue reading A Confederate Nurse in Corinth