Category Women

On Freedom’s Tenuous Edge

On February 3, 2019, Ranger John Hoptak gave an excellent presentation in the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park’s Winter Lecture Series on Gettysburg’s African American community before, during, and after the battle. He told us slavery was still legal in Pennsylvania when the town of Gettysburg was incorporated. The first slaves in the town belonged to […]

Virginia’s Civil War

This is a book of essays edited by Peter Wallenstein of Virginia Tech and Bertram Wyatt-Brown of the University of Florida. Published in 2005, it features some writings by established historians as well as what were then very young historians who are now established themselves. The book is divided into three parts: A section on […]

Women and African Americans at Gettysburg

Here’s Professor Margaret Creighton of Bates College talking about women and African Americans at Gettysburg. This is a pretty good presentation based on her 2005 book, The Colors of Courage. This was another presentation from this past summer’s symposium at Pamplin Park that featured all women historians. The video’s description reads, “Author Margaret Creighton talked about women […]

Women During the Civil War

Here’s Professor Catherine Clinton of the University of Texas at San Antonio giving a typically excellent presentation on women in the Civil War. This was part of a symposium featuring all women historians at Pamplin Park this past summer. The video’s description reads, “Historian Catherine Clinton talked about the wide range of roles women took […]

Clara Barton and the Battle of Antietam

Here’s Amelia Grabowski giving an excellent talk on Clara Barton and her actions at the Battle of Antietam. This was held at Shepherd University in West Virginia on September 8, 2018. I attended this conference, titled “Remembering the Violence of Antietam,” and had a wonderful time. The second half of the conference was on the […]

Female Civil War Soldiers

This is Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart discussing women who disguised themselves as men and fought in the Civil War as soldiers. The video’s description reads, “Public historians Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart explored the stories of women who defied cultural norms to fight in the Civil War. They also described women’s wartime work as nurses, cooks, and laundresses. The […]

Crucible of the Civil War

This is a very good book of essays edited by Edward L. Ayers, Gary W. Gallagher, and Andrew J. Torget. Essentially, one might say it’s a collection of essays produced by the history graduate program at the University of Virginia. Each of the contributors either is/was a professor at UVa or received their Ph.D. at […]