Starting out on this precarious path, he was sent to Spain, ostensibly to cover the Spanish Civil War for The Times newspaper as a foreign correspondent sympathetic to the Nationalist camp.
Numerous resources on the topic of women and the Civil War are available at the Rubenstein Library. This guide is a starting point for doing research on the topic. Prostitutes and Female Patriots in the Civil War Era. Carol Schafer’s research in over 2, case files from the First District Court of New Orleans reveals both similarities and differences between the regions. Silber argues persuasively that gender ideology contributed to divergent ideas about women and citizenship during the Civil War. The upheaval of war had a dramatic impact on the homefront throughout Tennessee. Because so many armed conflicts took place on Tennessee soil, many of the state’s residents saw their backyards, courthouse squares, and churchyards turned into battlefields.
Such an outpouring of autobiographical material following the war is not surprising, since otherwise ordinary individuals are often prompted to write their life stories after extraordinary experiences.
Because the American Civil War was arguably the most extraordinary event in this nation's history, as attested to by the debate that raged occasionally even to this day over its proper title—the Civil War, the War between the States, the War for Southern Independence, the War of Northern Aggression—the personal experiences of Americans who lived through it retain substantial contemporary interest.
Many of these autobiographers were men, soldiers who had fought with Grant or Lee or Sherman and who often identified themselves with these heroes in their titles.
Yet women also wrote of the war, in diaries and memoirs, describing their experiences as the mothers and sisters who stayed home or became refugees, as nurses in military hospitals, as spies, even as soldiers.
This essay discusses several diaries composed during the war itself as well as memoirs published soon after the war's end. While such memoirs continued to be published for decades, the writers' goals shifted—and their memories became less reliable—as Reconstruction ended.
Byfor example, very few writers claimed to have supported slavery. These writers consistently return to similar questions: What exactly is an appropriate role for a patriotic woman during a war? What is the enemy like, and how does one respond when he quite literally steps onto one's front porch?
What will or should happen to the thousands of slaves whose very existence is so peculiarly entangled with the war itself?
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For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.The Civil War presented new challenges for cryptographers, because it was the first war in which the telegraph played an important role.
The telegraph greatly increased the number of messages that could be sent and the speed at which they could travel, but the wires were not secure. Spies In a war where one's appearance and speech did not give away one's loyalty, espionage and the black market thrived.
This was particularly true in border areas, where the people's sympathies were divided. Hundreds of women served as spies during the Civil War. Here’s a look at six who risked their lives in daring and unexpected ways Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Confederate spy (The Granger Collection, NYC).
Mar 14, · Disunion follows the Civil War as it unfolded. Years ago, when I was working on my master’s degree in history at Louisiana Tech University, an acquaintance allowed me to use the Civil War diary of Joseph W. Ely as the basis for my thesis.
Ely, a .
The intelligence operations during the Civil War were pre-modern, amateurish, and even eccentric by twenty-first century standards, but elements of this odd secret war foreshadowed the later modernization of America's novice intelligence services. John A.
Nagy, one of America’s leading scholars on espionage during the American Revolution sat down with us to share his observations on the important role that spies and spying played during the war.