AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
Signed copies of
The 124th New York State Volunteers
in the Civil War

Charles J. LaRocca's authoritative history of the famous "Orange Blossoms" uses letters, diary entries, newspaper accounts and remembrances to tell the story of one of the great fighting regiments of the Civil War.

Window in the Mapes House

A Presentation by Yvonne Bigney
Wednesday, June 22nd • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nurses, Soldiers, Spies and More...
Women of the Civil War Meet the Women of the Civil War

Join us in what re-enactor and historian Yvonne Bigney calls “a journey into the other side of the Civil War”. We hear much about the generals and battles of the war between the states, but not very much about the women who nursed the wounded and dying on the battlefields, risked their lives in secret missions, fought alongside the men or ran their family farms and raised their children while their menfolk were away.

There were soldiers like Kady Brownell, who carried regimental flags into battle and nurses like Mary Anne “Mother” Bickerdyke who stood up to General Sherman. “She ranks me”, the famous Union general once said of her. The elegant Rose Greenhow used her charm to work for the Confederacy as a spy. Mary A. Livermore, an abolitionist and activist with the U.S. Sanitary Commission, was one of many women like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix who introduced modern concepts of medical treatment, hygiene and compassion to a world where a 30% casualty rate among combatants was considered acceptable. DOWNLOAD A FLYER

Reserve your tickets now and pay at the door.

The event will be held at the Senior Center, across from the Florida Library at 4 Cohen Circle, Florida, New York on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Light refreshments will be served. Ample parking is available in the parking lot.
Admission: Students FREE. Adults: $10/$15 for two.

Reservations are recommended. Please email us at events@sewardhomestead.org and tell us you will be attending. Or call 845-294-3839.

Proceeds will go to the restoration of the Seward/Mapes Homestead!


The Exceptional Seward Women

Frances and Fanny SewardWe marvel at the many exceptional women of the period, including Frances Seward and Fanny Seward. We intend to focus on them. For example, not many people know that William Seward's wife, Frances, ran a station on the Underground Railroad out of their house in Auburn when Seward was a United States Senator. That was in violation of Federal law which prohibited harboring runaway slaves. Young Fanny, the couple's daughter, was an aspiring writer who kept a diary that offers us rare glimpses into the Lincoln Administration, the Seward household and a first hand accout of the assasination attempt on her father on the fateful night of 1865. Dorothea Dix was a role model for her. The Sewards counted many other reformers as friends.


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