Civil War Prisoners · Fort Sumter · Military families

Women of the Company

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

Belle Arnold Sleeper · Berlin Wisconsin · Civil War Prisoners · Mary Burwell

The Agony of Young Brides: Mary Burwell and Belle Arnold Sleeper

Mary Burwell and Belle Arnold Sleeper, the two women featured in the last chapter of Such Anxious Hours, had much in common. Both young women married during the war and after their marriages said farewell to their husbands as they left for the battlefield. However, their experiences also differed greatly. Mary Burwell had the comfort… Continue reading The Agony of Young Brides: Mary Burwell and Belle Arnold Sleeper