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Talk set on women in the American Civil War

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Clara Barton, Civil War nurse in the Fredericksburg area, and founder of the American Red Cross. (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)

Just in over the transom:

“Women in Civil War Stafford” — 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s England Run Branch, 806 Lyons Blvd., Stafford, 22406.

Historians Jane and Al Conner will present the fifth of six illustrated talks and exhibits in the 2012 Sesquicentennial Lecture Series “The Civil War Comes to Stafford.”

Their PowerPoint presentation will address the varied roles of women in the war and will tell the stories primarily through biographic sketches on women who masqueraded and served as male soldiers; worked as battlefield volunteer medical personnel or nurses and hospital cooks and other workers for the U.S. Christian and Sanitary Commissions and aid societies; maintained Stafford homes and farms; spies; and in war industries.

Only women who lived or came to Stafford County during the war will be discussed; but these women will be set in the larger context of women in the war.

The Conners derive their talk from their research in writing four books (two apiece) addressing Stafford’s in many respects unique Civil War. Both are active in the Stafford County Historical Society and Civil War Roundtable of Fredericksburg and numerous other historical organizations. The talk and an exhibit on infantry weapons will be given at the England Run Library off Plantation Road, off U.S. 17.

The next and final talk and exhibit will be on Monday, Nov. 12, on “General Dan Sickles and Princess Agnes Salm-Salm.”

Library-related information may be obtained from (540) 899-1703. Special assistance information is also available by contacting the library one week in advance.

Information on the talk and the Stafford County Historical Society may be obtained at (540) 286-1118, or email at or