Our guide Patty with the Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War tour
Two weeks ago I was in Gettysburg attending the national convention of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865
. It was a fun five days filled with convention happenings, battlefield trips and I even snuck in a little bit of genealogy research.
One of the highlights of the entire trip was a tour our little group took. We decided against a ghost tour. (I’ve been on two ghost tours in Gettysburg and never saw a ghost. Darn!) So we took the tour “The Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War”
This building still has the visible damage it received during the battle in 1863
Let me tell you it was excellent! Our guide Patty was in period dress and took us to see several homes of heroic local women who courageously worked amid the devastation of their town. As widows, teens or with their husbands gone off to war, these women aided both Union and Confederate wounded. They nursed hundreds of soldiers left behind in field hospitals and locations around the area. They buried the dead and worked to rebuild their damaged homes and businesses.
Some of the women highlighted in the tour are:
Lydia Liester – sold horse bones to put her farm back in pre-war condition
Josephine Miller – called the “Bravest Woman in Gettysburg”
Cornelia Hancock – youngest Union Civil War nurse
Lydia Hamilton Smith – collected food and clothing donations for field hospitals and donated her life savings
Liz Butler – Black woman captured by the Confederate Army
Elizabeth Thorn – wife of keeper of Evergreen Cemetery who buried 105 soldiers
Sallie Pickett – wife of Confederate General George Pickett
Jennie Wade – only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg
Georgia McClellan – sister of Jennie Wade who worked as a Union nurse in Washington, D.C. to name just a few.
Our group listening to guide Patty. We’re across the street from Jenny Wade’s home.
Let me tell you my little group enjoyed our tour immensely. Our guide was well prepared and spoke knowledgeably on each of her subjects. We were happy with every aspect of our tour. If you are ever in Gettysburg I highly recommend you check it out.
Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War
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65 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325
In fact because we were so interested in the women discussed during the tour our guide Patty emailed me the list of names of the women and a list of reading material. Many of these books are wriiten by the women about their post battle experiences. With Patty’s permission here is that list.
South After Gettysburg, Letters of Cornelia Hancock 1863-1865
by Cornelia Hancock
At Gettysburg or What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle
by Mrs. Matilda (Tillie Pierce) Alleman
The Diary of a Lady of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: From June 15 to July 15, 1863
by Pennsylvania Lady of Gettysburg (1863) Sarah Broadhead
The Ties of the Past The Gettysburg Diary of Salome (Sallie) Myers Stewart 1854-1922
by Sarah Sites Thomas
The Shrivers Story
by Nancie W. Gudmestad
They Fought Like Demons Women Soldiers in the Civil War
by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook
Women at Gettysburg 1863
By Eileen F. Conklin
Our final stop during the Women of Gettysburg – Heroines of the Civil War tour
Segregation in Death Gettysburg Lincoln Cemetery
by Betty Dorsey Myers available by mail order
Lincoln Cemetery Project Foundation
408 Long Lane
Gettysburg, PA 17325 send $18.00 ($15 for book and $3 shipping)
Thank you Patty for your friendliness, an awesome tour and the chance to continue learning about the Women of Gettysburg.