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HIS/WMS 318W: Women and American Civil War

Primary Source Websites

American Women's History: A Research Guide The Civil War Period

Women During the Civil War


Women & the Civil War


Crusader and feminist; letters of Jane Grey Swisshelm: 1858-1865


Civil War Women


Women on the Border: Maryland Perspectives on the Civil War


Rose O'Neal Greenhow Papers, 1861-1864
 Letters from Greenhow, a Confederate spy, to Jefferson Davis, Alexander Boteler, and others, regarding war activities. Also several newspaper articles describing her imprisonment in 1861 and her death in 1864. Image of Greenhow at right from My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule At Washington, by Rose Greenhow. London: Richard Bentley, 1863.


Alice Williamson Diary, 1864
Transcription and scanned image from diary of a 16 year old rebel girl living in Gallatin, Tennessee during Union occupation of the area.


Sarah E. Thompson Papers, 1859-1898
The materials in this collection center around the murder of Thompson's husband, her intelligence work for the Union army which led to the defeat of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, and her subsequent post-war struggles against poverty, largely as a single mother.