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American Women in Uniform
Do your students know that more than 2 million U.S. women are veterans of the Armed Forces? Women have served in every armed conflict involving the United States -- including the Revolutionary War. Captain Barbara A. Wilson, an Air Force retiree, has put together this exhaustive resource of women in the military from the American Revolution to the present. In addition to the historical information, the site includes pages of trivia, posters, and stamps, as well as a 'Women Warriors Quiz.' Just watch out for editorializing by Captain Critical, "whose pontificating will try to amuse, bemuse, irritate and generally annoy" you at this comprehensive and engrossing site.

My Mother's War
Helen Burrey was one of the first three nurses assigned to American Expeditionary Forces hospital trains during World War I. This poignant and heart-warming pictorial history, created by her daughter, tells the story of Burrey's service -- and the story of the war. The site presents excerpts from diary entries and a scrapbook of mementos that includes official documents, letters, patriotic stickers, medals, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Because a few of the photographs depict graphic images of the war, this site is most appropriate for older students.

Civil War Women
The Special Collections Library at Duke University maintains this archive of the papers of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Alice Williamson, and Sarah E. Thompson. The scanned images and transcripts present a picture of the lives of women during the American Civil War, revealing not only the vital role women played in the war but also the personal characteristics of those heroic women. Students will discover, for example, that Thompson was a successful spy who helped the Union capture a Confederate general! Additional resources from this and other sites help round out this well-done set of primary sources.

Women of the American Civil War
This site provides information on such notable women as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, and Mary Todd Lincoln.

What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?
Linda Wood, a librarian at South Kingstown High School in Rhode Island, presents this unique project. Ninth graders interviewed Rhode Island women who lived during World War II. The more than two dozen accounts that resulted are both moving and fascinating. They provide an intimate look at the mood and events of the time. Some remarkable young storytellers reveal some remarkable women. Don't miss a word!

Article by Walter McKenzie
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Originally published 03/01/2002
Updated 03/04/2013