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What were the “bad” women doing during the Civil War?

Author Karen Abbott discusses female Civil War spies, writing, and the Clermont Lounge.
Belle Boyd

Meet the female Civil War spies of Karen Abbott’s new book

On September 17, author Karen Abbott reads from her latest, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, the little-known story of four female Civil War spies. A quick primer on the ladies.

A child of South Carolina, and the complicated legacy of the Confederate flag

Some people learn the true history and change. Others live with the myth and perpetuate hate and discrimination, and, in its darkest form, violence.

Why should I be ashamed of my Union lineage?

Two photographs set Maribeth Brannen on a genealogical journey: One was of her great-great-grandfather, a major with the Union Army’s cavalry; the other was of her husband’s great-great-grandfather, a Confederate private who lost two fingers in the Battle of Atlanta. Brannen was proud of her heritage but soon found that no group in Georgia recognized direct female descendants of Union veterans.

A Civil War-era survival guide

Like civilians across the country, Atlantans had felt the hardships of war, with access to food and goods severely restricted. By the summer of 1864, the privations grew.

Battle of Atlanta sesquicentennial events calendar

Featuring events at the Atlanta History Center, Cyclorama, Nash Farm, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, and more.

The overlooked legacy of the Civil War’s black soldiers

The horrifying stories of survival, the glimpses of hope, and the unwavering faith that freedom would come pervade my trove of family memories, and they shape my present ideas about the war and its relevance to me 150 years later.

A mission to honor Confederate ancestors, not spark political debates

Monty Johnson says her mission is clear: She leads an organization that honors Civil War ancestors, educates people on the war’s importance, and supports modern-day veterans. She does not spark political debates about slavery or the Confederate flag.

Atlanta’s Civil War sites: Then and now

Several years ago, photographer Gregg Segal started a series that juxtaposes “an idealized Civil War embodied by period re-enactors” with “the commercialism of contemporary life.” We commissioned Segal to add to his series with photographs at sites from the Atlanta Campaign.

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