Our Ladies, Our Pride

The story of Civil War soldiers and battles is known. Not so well known are the experiences of non-combatants: white women and children of the north and south, southern slaves, and males who, for a variety of reasons, were not in the armies.  White northern women served as nurses and other support positions. White southern women and children were forced to cope with hunger and refugee life. Fortunate Wives sometimes got to visit their husbands at the front. Civilians of all types were often in harm’s way during battles and often had to deal with the destructive aftermath. Slave women often supported their white mistresses as they shared the common bonds of fear, uncertainty and deprivation. Freed slaves sometimes found themselves forced to work for their Union liberators. The characteristic traits among all noncombatants seemed to be a determination to survive, whatever the dangers, humiliations, disappointments, challenges, losses, and disruptions. They endured and in doing so left a shining legacy for their descendants and for their reunited country that has persisted down through the ages.

Miss Gail and Stephen Lang at the 140th Sharpsburg

Mrs. Sandi McCann escorted by her husband Major Craig McCann

Mrs. Karen Matteson escorted by her husband Lt. Colonel Phil Matteson

Miss Gail at her Ancestor's Marker Dedication General Thomas Frentress Toon (20th NCST)

The Ladies of the Washington Artillery

The Ladies of Bedford Light Artillery

Ladies of the 13th Battalion, North Carolina