Confederate Women as Leaders and C.E.O.s: A New Destiny

Once Southern men marched off to war, women were called on to become the mother’s of invention and fill jobs men once occupied. The realities of war caused the roles of women to expand far beyond women’s work into areas never imagined. Those who remained behind, including free women, slaves, immigrants, poor farm wives, wives of workers, and the wealthiest one per cent, rose to every occasion and came together for the good of the men they loved.

Confederate women were bound together in “the cause” as they pioneered nursing, managed businesses, worked in manufacturing, contracted gunboats, outfitted regiments, and sacrificed all their material possessions to aid the troops. In the end, they buried the dead, erected monuments to honor the men they lost, and preserved the history for ancestors to honor one hundred and fifty years later.    

Discover the voices of these women found in correspondence, diaries, oral histories recorded by family members, newspaper articles, broadsides, invitations and announcements. The information for this program was drawn mostly from primary sources found at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History, the Museum of the Confederacy, and United Daughters of the Confederacy Archives.

Lynn Salsi is a military author, a member of Miltary Writers Society of America and works with veterans to record their histories.     


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