The civil war also granted women greater access to newly developing industrial jobs and economic household power with more and more men entering the conflict, women were required to oversee farm production, plantations and rural businesses. The burial detail had stumbled upon one of the most intriguing stories of the civil war: the multitudes of women who fought in the front line although the inherently clandestine nature of the activity makes an accurate count impossible, conservative estimates of female soldiers in the civil war puts the number somewhere between 400 and 750. This lesson provides support for the unit: war and british society c790-2010: the civil wars of 1642-1651 in england, scotland and ireland: the nature of these wars their impact on the people of england, scotland and ireland.
The civil war allowed these women to have a real voice in society and have power in their husband’s businesses a sense of confederate pride emerged when these women started to encourage men to enlist in the war effort.
The civil war in four minutes: women american battlefield trust historian deanne blanton discusses the crucial role that women played both on and off the field during the civil war.
In many ways, the coming of the civil war challenged the ideology of victorian domesticity that had defined the lives of men and women in the antebellum era in the north and in the south, the war forced women into public life in ways they could scarcely have imagined a generation before.