Civil War Stories

True and compelling stories from the American Civil War.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anti-Slavery Author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Harriet Beecher StoweHarriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) grew up in a family who cared deeply about social issues, including the abolition of slavery. Stowe chose to use the power of words to bring to light the injustice of slavery. She wrote: “…the enslaving of the African race is a clear violation of the great law which commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

First Female Surgeon in Civil War: Physician Mary Walker

• Volunteered with the Union Army but had to serve as a nurse, not a physician because of her gender; eventually surgeons were so badly needed that her skills 220px-Mary_Edwards_Walker 1were put to use
• In 1865 Dr. Mary Walker was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for her work In the Civil War; however in 1917 it was rescinded.
• She refused to return the medal and wore it all her life. In 1977 the honor was reinstated.

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