The Angel of Gettysburg: Elizabeth Thorn | Her obituaries say merely that she witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg. ... They did not report how she did her duty in the aftermath of the battle. Working almost entirely without help, in the heat and storms of that July, among the rotting corpses of men and horses, she dug graves in the rocky soil and buried over one hundred soldiers.
Library of Congress 1862 Civil War Quilts .. Sewing machines were considered the machinery of war because uniforms were sewed on them. Union soldiers often destroyed machines when they came upon them. Breaking the needles was enough. With the blockade, Southerners had a hard time getting replacements.