Within hours of the beginning of the Civil War, the women of the North began to come together to provide support for the thousands of men who eagerly volunteered to put down the Southern rebellion. In Madison, Wisconsin, Emily Quiner and her sisters began raising money and sewing a regimental flag for the brave boys… Continue reading Women Mobilize for War
As the men of Fort Sumter prepared to board the Baltic on April 14, 1861, one woman joined the evacuation from Charleston. Matilda Anne (Annie) Davis, the sister of Lieutenant Jefferson C. Davis, was a student at Madame Bounetheau’s Charleston Ladies Seminary where her classmates included the daughters of prominent Charleston families. In early March,… Continue reading Women of the Company
The story of Belle Arnold Sleeper will be presented at the Berlin Senior Center on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 p.m. This program, sponsored by the Berlin Area Historical Society, will also introduce the women in Such Anxious Hours. Copies of my book will be available for purchase. The Center is located at 142 Water… Continue reading Berlin’s Belle
Please join me at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore on Monday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. for a reading from Such Anxious Hours. A Room of One’s Own is located at 315 W. Gorham Street in Madison, WI. I like to think about Emily Quiner and Annie Cox strolling past the site of this… Continue reading Book Launch Party
Lecture at DCHS by Jo Ann Daly Carr about her book. Saturday January 18th at 1:00 PM at the Dodge County Historical Society. Special information about Sarah Jane Gates Powers, a resident of Dodge County during the Civil War. Free and Open to the Public. Located at the Old Williams Free Library at 105 Park… Continue reading Dodge County Historical Society-January 18th, 1:00 p.m.
Margaret and Sarah were among the many Wisconsin women who assumed responsibility for managing the family farm while their husbands were away at war. Their efforts, and those of many other women, were essential to not only for the sustenance of their families but also for ensuring that Wisconsin soldiers and other Union troops were… Continue reading Margaret Patchin and Sarah Jane Powers
As one of seven sisters and as a long time fan of that paean to sisterhood, Little Women, I found the story of Susan Brown and Ann Waldo especially fascinating. Their mother had died when the girls were very young and as have countless sisters throughout real and literary history (Charlotte and Anne Bronte, Meg… Continue reading Civil War Sisters: Susan Brown and Ann Waldo
Such Anxious Hours includes the voices of eight Wisconsin women during the Civil War. The first two women I would like to feature were both twenty-one when the war began and both lived in Madison Wisconsin. Although they only lived three-quarters of a mile away from one another, they did not mention each other in… Continue reading Emily Quiner and Annie Cox
Great news! I have an availability date for my book Such Anxious Hours: Wisconsin Women’s Voices from the Civil War – January 7, 2020.(See details at https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5726.htm) Over the next four months, I will introduce you to the eight women in this book: Emily Quiner, Annie Cox, Ann Waldo, Susan Brown, Sarah Powers, Margaret Patchin,… Continue reading New book!
Like many of you, I have found my life altered by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thankfully no one in my family has been inflicted with the virus, however, the closing of libraries and archives and restrictions on travel have limited my research. As libraries have slowly begun to reopen I have been able… Continue reading Research in a time of Covid
An outstanding review of Such Anxious Hours was presented in History.Net on June 6th. Reviewer Melissa A Winn lauds the way in which I “brilliantly runs the letters and diaries in chronological order and places the material in historical context”. See Daly Carr_Such Anxious Hours_History Net_2020-06-16.pdf
March 25, 2020: WEMTA Author Fair, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells WI, 1:00-3:00. April 25, 2020: Beyond the Battlefield: The Civil War History Forum, Civil War Museum, Kenosha WI, 8:30-4:00, Register at https://84428.blackbaudhosting.com/84428/Beyond-the-Battlefield-The-Civil-War-Social-History-Forum. May 11, 2020: Launch party at Room of One’s Own, 315 W. Gorham Street, Madison WI, 6:00-7:30. May 19, 2020: Such Anxious Hours… Continue reading Upcoming Events!
Please join me and other local authors at the Waunakee Public Library on Saturday, February 22 from 1:00-3:00. This event will provide the opportunity to chat with twenty-one local authors and purchase their books. The Friends of the Waunakee Public Library are sponsoring this event and will provide refreshments. See https://www.facebook.com/events/626927248070774/?active_tab=about for a list of… Continue reading Waunakee Local Author Showcase
Such Anxious Hours will be presented at the Stoughton Area Senior Center on Wednesday, March 4th at 1:00 p.m. In this program I will share the stories of the eight women featured in my book. Copies will be available for purchase. The Stoughton Area Senior Center is located at 248 West Main Street,
Information about the February 8th program at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson are detailed in January 9, 2020 issue of the Lake Mills Leader. See http://www.hngnews.com/lake_mills_leader/community/article_78ccdccf-a935-54bb-b86e-3424066e1479.html
Such Anxious Hours was included in a listing of 2019 books by Wisconsin authors in the December 19, 2019 issue of Isthmus. The reviewer notes, “Agonies of their home front are heartbreaking.” See https://isthmus.com/arts/books/wisconsin-authors-2019-books/