Such Anxious Hours

Margaret Patchin and Sarah Jane Powers

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

Speaking engagments

Beyond the Battlefield: The Civil War Social History Forum-April 25, 2020

I will be speaking at the The Civil War Social History Forum at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha Wisconsin on April 25, 2020. Detailed information about the four programs scheduled for this event are available at https://84428.blackbaudhosting.com/84428/Beyond-the-Battlefield-The-Civil-War-Social-History-Forum. Registration is required for this event. If you’ve not yet made a visit to Kenosha’s Civil War… Continue reading Beyond the Battlefield: The Civil War Social History Forum-April 25, 2020

Such Anxious Hours

Civil War Sisters: Susan Brown and Ann Waldo

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