Civilians

Photo of Confederate civilian Mary Boykin Chesnut

After being mere spectators at the war's early battles, civilians in the war zone later would become unwilling participants and victims of the war's expanding scope and horror.

In response to the hardships imposed upon their fellow citizens by the war, governments and civilians on both sides mobilized to provide comfort, encouragement, and material goods. Unfortunately, due to scarcity of resources and devastation caused by the Union armies, the Confederate government failed almost completely to care for the families of its soldiers

People from Civilians

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  • Allan Pinkerton

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    Allan Pinkerton was founder of America's first private police agency, which was employed to guard President Lincoln and gather intelligence on Confederate troop strength and movements. Read more

  • Allan Pinkerton

    Photo of Allan Pinkerton

    Allan Pinkerton was founder of America's first private police agency, which was employed to guard President Lincoln and gather intelligence on Confederate troop strength and movements. Read more

  • Annie Etheridge

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    Anna Etheridge, one of the Civil War's only two female Kearny Cross recipients, is proof that women of the era could be just as brave as men in places of battle. Read more

  • Annie Etheridge

    Anna Etheridge, one of the Civil War's only two female Kearny Cross recipients, is proof that women of the era could be just as brave as men in places of battle. Read more

  • Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Belle Boyd

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    One of the Confederacy's most famous spies, Belle Boyd's life played out like a James Bond character: she was betrayed by a lover, later captured taking Confederate papers to England, and fell in love with and married her captor. Read more

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