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Civil War Background


Women tend to be overlooked by those studying the Civil War; however, women played a significant role. Some women chose to be up close to the war effort, acting as nurses, cooks, and even spies. Others stayed at home and managed their homes while their husbands were off fighting.

We hope that by exploring this website you are able to gain a deeper understanding of the Civil War by exploring the war from a new perspective.

We recommend that you explore the website in the order of the tabs in the navigation bar. Start by understanding the historiography of women in the Civil War, meet several important women during the Civil War, and finish your visit by learning how women's lives changed after the war. 

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Civil War Timeline

Refer back to the timeline below as you explore the site to better understand the context of the women's lives.