Family Life during the Civil War

The Civil War split families and friends. Brothers fought brothers on the battlefield. Three brothers of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln died fighting for the South.

As men left for war, women had to step in to fill their place.Women took up roles as factory workers, clerks and school teachers. As the number of sick and wounded increased, women also took on the role as nurses.

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This picture shows a family in front of the house in which General Charles S. Winder died. Cedar Mountain, Virginia. (Source: Library of Congress).

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