Abigail Ellsworth

  • The engraving I chose, as stated before, is an engraving by Winslow Homer that depicts the work done by women during the Civil War.  Using this image as a jumping off point, I then went on to find secondary […]

    • Similar to WWII I think the civil war exposed many women to life outside the traditional household. As the men went to fight, many women entered the workforce as well as acting as nurses aiding the injured in hospitals.

    • I agree with you that war put women into a different and tough living condition. They had to do a lot more than in normal life. I think this is a good point to be researched and studied. It can reflect a different perspective about civil war.

    • This is a great topic to research on! Not many times have I ever heard about the importance of woman during the Civil War, but woman had to have played an important role. This is something I am definitely interested in reading about and will no doubt be looking into these things in my freetime!

    • I look forward to learning from your final project. Women’s role in the Civil War is something that I believe tends to be overlooked when compared to wars such as WWII. Where I feel like I have a general knowledge of the important roles women played in WWII I also feel like that same personal knowledge is missing for the Civil War.

    • This is quite an interesting topic to do your final project on. I think that the role women play in most wars is often overlooked or looked at in a very narrow or limited way. What I found particularly interesting about your post was that you mentioned that the women who could afford it took a more political role. I did not expect that; I had assumed it was just older men who served that. This was interesting to learn.

  • I didn’t even think to look at newspapers for a topic, but this CSA newspaper is really interesting. I think I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that the seceded states acted as a separate nation for the duration of the civil war.

  • If you’re interested in this topic, I think the Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. I don’t think it would have much value for this paper, but it’s an interesting look into how desertion was rationalized by those that did desert.

  • I am choosing an image that was published in Harper’s Weekly on September 6, 1864, entitled “The Influence of Women” by Winslow Homer.  It depicts the work women do to help the war effort on the Union’s side thr […]

  • I thought it was interesting to see how the slaves in the firsthand account would make cloth for the entire plantation instead of each family unit making their own, which points out a key difference in how things were run on plantations of different sizes. I would also like to say that just because slaves of one owner were not being beaten nearly…[Read more]

  • In one of the accounts I read, the woman being interviewed left her former owners, but her parents did not because they saw themselves as being needed by the white couple that had previously owned them. I was shocked by that and I don’t blame you for being shocked by the way that the slaves in your account viewed themselves as part of the family…[Read more]

  • Which state did Garey-Jones live in? I wonder if there was a standard of care that was unspoken depending on the area of the south a slave owner was in. As in, what that region found acceptable.

  • It seems that extreme brutality against was not as common place as it seems in movies and other media that features slavery, but I think it’s important to remember that slavery is a brutality and violence done against humanity and the humanity of those that are enslaved. Just because slaves that are treated more humanely than others recognize…[Read more]

  • Slavery was not exclusive to the Southern region of the United States, but in the North it was much more limited.  I think slavery could also be found in the territories, but obviously that is contentious […]

  • My name is Abigail Ellsworth, I am a senior, and I am majoring in history and minoring in museum studies.  I have a dog and three cats and am hoping to move back to California after I graduate.  I am so happy t […]

    • Welcome to HST 304, Abigail. Given your interests as a history and museum studies major, you will definitely enjoy this class. Over the next two weeks, you’ll be thinking about a research project. I encourage you to develop one that enables you to combine history & museum studies. The Civil War was such a dominating event in the 19th century that Americans of all walks of life saved everything from swords & pistols to letters and diaries to commemorate their families’ contributions to the Cause (whether North or South). Each artifact tells a rich story, if you can unlock it.