On June 13, 2013, Mary Johnson will discuss women in Civil War West Virginia at the Thursday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Most people have heard of Nancy Hart and Belle Boyd, but few other women in wartime West Virginia are as widely known. Ironically, one contemporary observer noted that the Civil War was perhaps more “a woman’s war” than any previous conflict. Living in a border state, many parts of which were exposed to fighting at some point during the war, West Virginia women responded to the challenges in different ways, ranging from making clothing or food items for soldiers to concealing themselves as men in order to serve as soldiers. Johnson will discuss the range of activities, using specific examples.
Johnson holds a master’s degree from West Virginia University and has been a historian at Archives and History since 2000. She has written for West Virginia History and The West Virginia Encyclopedia and currently is the editor of the semi-annual publication of the West Virginia Historical Society. She also serves as the society’s secretary and sits on the Commission on Archives and History, West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
West Virginia Archives and History Workshops/Lectures