American author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was instrumental in focusing antislavery sentiment in the North prior to the Civil War ~ known for the power of her literary voice, and for her passionate espousal of abolition.
Frances Clayton —a woman who served in the Union army by disguising herself as a man. In a popular carte de visite collected by soldiers at the end of the war, she poses here as Jack Williams and suggestively holds the handle of a cavalry sword between her crossed legs. The facts of her life story and military service are difficult to confirm, but it is believed that she served in the Missouri cavalry (or infantry) beside her husband, who died at the Battle of Stones River in late December…
Baseball Recovered From Civil War Battlefield Is Unveiled
Uniform worn by James Wiley Gibson (Orangeburg, SC), who was killed at the Battle of Secessionville, SC, June 16, 1862. The bullet entry hole is visible at the left breast. The coat and trousers are likely a product of the Porter Industrial School for Girls in Charleston.