Civil War: Women
Learn about the role of women during the Civil War. Find out how they served as spies, soldiers, and nurses. Read first-hand accounts from their diaries. Includes information about Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Belle Boyd, Charlotte Forten, and other women. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, Sojourner Truth, and Literature: “Dear America” and “My Name is America” Civil War Books.
ThinkQuest: Famous Women of the Civil War
Click on any of the names of these Civil War women for details about their lives. This is a student-created website.
Miller Center: Mary Todd Lincoln
Read about Mary Todd Lincoln who was the wife of Abraham Lincoln and first lady during the American Civil War.
Hearts at Home: Southern Women During the Civil War
Find out what women in the South did during the Civil War. Includes information about spies and women who stayed home during the war. There are several illustrations. Scroll down and click on any of the links in the sidebar on the left hand side of the page to view content.
American Red Cross: Founder Clara Barton
Learn about the Civil War service of Clara Barton, who went on to found the American Red Cross after the war in 1881.
Civil War Trust: Maria "Belle" Boyd
This site provides information about one of the South's most famous spies. NOTE: This site links to social networking sites.
Civil War Nurses: "The Angels of the Battlefield"
Read about the women who served as nurses during the Civil War. Includes biographies of two of the nurses. The reading level may be too difficult for younger students.
Scholastic: Women's History - Uncommon Soldiers
Here are interdisciplinary lesson ideas for teaching about women soldiers during the Civil War. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Women Soldiers of the Civil War
Read about how women disguised themselves as men in order to fight as soldiers during the Civil War. Includes photographs.
Women in the Civil War: "Known but to God": Female Soldiers in the Civil War
Learn about women who served as soldiers in the American Civil War.
Mary Elizabeth Bowser
Read about this African-American woman who spied on Jefferson Davis for the Union during the Civil War.
Susie King Taylor
Find out about this female African-American laundress, cook, teacher, and nurse who wrote about her life during the American Civil War.
Sojourner Truth: African-American Historical Figure
This page explains how Sojourner Truth fought for desegregation in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War.
ThinkQuest: Harriet Tubman
Read about this famous ex-slave who led other slaves to freedom. During the Civil War she worked as a nurse, scout, and spy for the Union.
PBS: Only a Teacher: Schoolhouse Pioneers
Read a biography of Charotte Forten, a free-born African American who went to the South during the war to educate freed slaves.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "Dear America" and "My Name is America" Civil War Books
These sites have discussion guides and activities for two books: "Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson" and "The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier." There is also information about the authors and about daily life in a Civil War camp. Topics include food, entertainment, and the importance of letter writing. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Civil War and Pony Express.
eThemes Resource: Slavery: The Underground Railroad
These sites are about the Underground Railroad movement that helped runaway slaves escape to Canada. Learn about Harriet Tubman and other influential leaders. Listen to songs and read the lyrics that secretly told the escape route. Play a game that allows you to face the same decisions the runaway slaves faced. Includes maps and historic photographs, plus a link to an eThemes Resource on the slave trade.
eThemes Resource: Civil War: Causes and Battles
Learn the reasons why the Civil War began. Read about several battles and military leaders. Includes timelines of major events and maps of the battle areas. View photographs of the war and the men and women involved. There are links to several eThemes Resources on the Civil War.
eThemes Resource: Famous People: Sojourner Truth
These sites focus on the life and works of Sojourner Truth who fought for freedom from slavery and women's rights. Biography, historical pictures, timelines, a speech, narrative, and classroom activities are included. Also includes links to eThemes resources on the Slave Trade, Civil War, and Women.