Hornbake Library Showcases Civil War History
A new exhibition featuring rare items from the University of Maryland
Libraries explores how women perceived and experienced the Civil War.
Women on the Border: Maryland Perspectives of the Civil
War features photographs, sheet music, rare books, manuscripts,
and materials never before displayed together, including a rare sketchbook drawn
by John Jacob Omenhausser, a Confederate prisoner whose gritty depiction of
prison life is offset by his colorful sketch of idealized Southern belles.
"We have never looked at the Civil War through the lens of women's history
before,"says curator Elizabeth Novara, who selected items from collections
housed in the university's Hornbake Library.
"Women were witnesses, writers, soldiers, spies, nurses, cooks, mourners, and
organizers," Novara says. "They weren't just staying at home knitting."
Items in the exhibition all have a connection to Maryland, either because the
authors or subjects were born or lived here during the conflict. Many women
wrote letters and diaries relating their observations and experiences during the
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