Heroes of the Home Front https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/ Heroes of the Home Front Sweetheart Saves a Hero Francis Cogswell was a Union private in the 6th New Hampshire Regiment. He carried a small photograph of his 'sweetheart' in his breast pocket as many men did. His photograph is credited with saving his life during the war. The women behind each soldier were instrumental in their well-being and success. (1987 Inventory #1838) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=121583143 121583143 Civil War's Women The women of Bridgeport gathered to support war efforts through "The Ladies' Relief Society", and to foster patriotism through "The League of Loyal Women of Bridgeport". Their efforts met the needs of the front lines and the home front. (number unknown) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122026354 122026354 Letter from in the Field In diaries and letters alike, women are mentioned as the support that upholds the soldier. This letter, from a brother to a sister, includes family news, brotherly advice, and the statement that a letter from home "cheered me up". (2011.3.37a) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122026954 122026954 Civil War Hardtack The hardtack rations for troops provided a fraction of the calories needed for the arduous battles. The flour, water, and lard cakes left much to be desired. Families helped by sending food through the mail lines, when the lines operated, to their loved ones. (1941.1.2) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122026356 122026356 Lady's Companion Sewing Kit Small sewing kits were an essential part of every woman's and every soldier's survival kit. This small leather kit belonged to P.T. Barnum's daughter, Caroline. Many women worked sewing for ladies aid societies, but most also sewed personal articles at home for loved ones involved at the war front. (No. 54) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122378052 122378052 Women of the War This book published by Frank Moore was revolutionary in its argument that women were active participants in the war efforts. Printed in Hartford Connecticut and illustrated with portraits of women, the stories highlight individuals in hospitals, at sanitary commissions, and on the front lines. (Courtesy of Kathy Maher) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122990476 122990476 My Story of the War Mary A. Livermore tells "anecdotes, pathetic incidents, and thrilling reminiscence" in her book about the four years she spent as a nurse in the Union army and a Sanitary Commission Fair organizer. As one of just a few women to rise in leadership within the Sanitary Commission, her narrative stands as an important document of women's history. (Courtesy of Kathy Maher) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122990477 122990477 President Lincoln Abraham Lincoln gave a speech in Bridgeport on March 10, 1860 that moved the gathered crowds to a standing ovation. Five years later, Bridgeport would commemorate his death with somber ceremonies, and women draped the buildings with funeral fabrics. (number unknown) https://www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122026357 122026357