Women of Civil War Alexandria

For this first time this Saturday July 21st, we’ll be offering our newest tour- Women of Civil War Alexandria. The tour, which takes approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, covers the everyday experiences of women in Alexandria throughout the war.

As soon as Virginia seceded from the Union, troops came from Washington, D.C. to occupy the city of Alexandria because of its strategic importance to the Union Army and the advantages offered by its railroad and popular port. During the occupation, over thirty city buildings were requisitioned by the Union Army for use as hospitals. In these circumstances, women from all backgrounds (wealthy, poor, southern, northern, former slaves and contraband) played an important role during the war.

We are honored to offer this tour in partnership with the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) whose offices we’re lucky to have right here in Alexandria-at least for now.  The NWHM works to recognize the role of women throughout American history by hosting exhibits, developing tours, and providing educational programs. Their goal is to build a world-class museum on the National Mall which will help to facilitate partnerships and understanding among men and women. For more information on their mission, check out their website at https://www.womenshistory.org/.

If you are interested in Alexandria’s leading Civil War-era women and cannot make it to this Saturday’s 4pm tour, please don’t hesitate to email discoveralexandria@gmail.com to set up another time.

This tour leaves from the Alexandria Visitor’s Center at 221 King Street.

The photo features the Mansion House Hospital.



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