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CWTP | The Harder Part Of The War: Michigan Women And The Civil War

Event Description

Following the attack on Fort Sumter, Michigan women sent their men off to save the Union and end slavery. Some women served as “angels of mercy,” nursing the sick and wounded soldiers. Others challenged all social norms and headed to the front lines. Many recorded their experiences in letters and diaries, even newspaper columns. Most women stayed home, managing the increased responsibilities of running the farm and raising a family.

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