Women’s Attitudes Towards Secession and the Civil War. Original, unpublished documents and correspondence from gifted Sandhills women provide unique and fascinating perspectives of the beginning, middle, and end of the Civil War period in North Carolina. An initially uplifting, idealistic support of the Union as a great experiment in democracy and self-rule ultimately fades into prayers for return of the surviving men as well as hopes for peace, followed by ultimate acceptance of the bitter realities of war on a land and a people crushed in the aftermath. Poignant descriptions of the impact of Sherman’s “scorched earth policy” on a once proud and surprisingly literary Sandhills community remind us once again that war is hell, even when it is brother against—sister.
Sponsor: Richmond County Historical Society. Funded project of the Northe Carolina Humanities Council. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.