Back in Kansas, we were reading and notebooking about the Civil War as it applied to the territory of Kansas. We kind of stopped our studies when we got to Korea – that is until I found these books.

They were both in the new section of books and they caught my eye because of their beautiful artwork and the fact that they featured women. So I came up with a list of books about amazing women from the Civil War (or right before, or right after).

I present to you – Ten Books About Famous Civil War Era Women

Make sure to get my free notebooking set for this list – link below!

Study the Civil War through the stories of the women nurses, spies, soldiers, reformers, and more.

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Click on any title in this list to be taken to the book on Amazon.

1. Louisa May’s Battle

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Little Women is one of my favorite books of all time.

Did you know Louisa May Alcott was a nurse during the Civil War? Did you know the person who hired her was Dorothea Dix? Did you know she caught Typhoid fever and her father came to get her?

Her story is amazing, and it makes her writing even more poignant and real.

My greatest pride is. . .that I had a very small share in the war which put an end to a great wrong. -Louisa May Alcott

2. My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers

Otherwise known as Albert Cashier, Jennie Hodgers lived as a man for most of her life. She worked as a grocery clerk, a farmhand, and served in the infantry during the Civil War.

This is a story about a woman who saw the opportunities of life as easier for a man.

3. Marching With Aunt Susan

Told from the viewpoint of a young girl, this is the story of the women’s suffrage movement and Susan B. Anthony.

Women, we might as well be dogs baying the moon as petitioners without the right to vote! -Susan B. Anthony

4. Clara Barton (Angel of the Battlefield)

This book is part of the Heroes of History series, biographies for older children.

Founder of the American Red Cross, fearless humanitarian, and nurse on the front-lines of the war, Clara Barton is probably one of the most fantastic women of her time.

5. Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers

A little girl once wrote a letter to President Lincoln and suggested he would look good in a beard. Her advice led to the first president to sport facial hair in office.

Later, Lincoln visited Grace Bedell to show her his new whiskers and bless her with a kiss.

6. Who was Harriet Tubman?

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger. -Harriet Tubman

Born a slave herself in Maryland, Minty (aka Harriet) risked her life hundreds of times to free slaves. She was also a nurse and a union spy during the war.

7. Mary Walker Wears The Pants

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Mary Walker was a reformer, a doctor, and a woman who riled up people wherever she went.

She was arrested several times for impersonating a man and causing a disturbance by wearing pants. She offered herself up as a Democratic candidate for Congress (women couldn’t even vote until one year after she died). She earned a medal of honor for her work during the war. It was later taken back (when the rules changed that you had to serve in actual combat) but she refused to stop wearing it – she wore her medal for the rest of her life. It was restored to her posthumously by President Carter in 1977.

Raven's artwork of Mary Walker for our notebook

Raven’s artwork of Mary Walker for our notebook

If you want to learn about the reforms and movements that surrounded the Civil War – you need to read about Mary Edwards Walker.

8. A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe

A beautifully illustrated book about the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Harriet Beecher Stowe was paramount in changing the public view about the injustices of slavery.

9. Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth spoke to crowds and would tell a story of a young girl, born into slavery, who was beat and sold numerous times. This girl watched her parents die.

That girl was Sojourner.

This picture book portrays the famous abolitionist through a very modern style of art.

10. Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

Author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, Sarah Hale was an influential editor and writer. It was through her lobbying that Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Sarah was kind of the Martha Stewart of her time – she wrote about practical fashion, homemaking, and being a proper lady. She stands out on this list because she was against women’s suffrage and received a storm of criticism for some of her editorial pieces about maintaining cultural gender roles.


Free Famous Women Notebooking Set

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I have created a notebooking pack just for this list – and you can download it for free!

There is a page for each lady listed above with their name and image.

Download the pdf file through Google Drive (click the download button below then file -> download over at Google).


Other links to famous women from the Civil War

And another book I found at the library: Outrageous Women of Civil War Times

More books about famous women

More books about the Civil War


If you want even more Civil War study ideas, you can check out my post series Blood On The Border. You can also download my other notebooking set The Civil War Comes to Kansas for free!


If you want even more notebooking resources, Notebooking Pages is having a birthday party tonight (May 21st) at 9pm Eastern. Join them on their Facebook page for freebies, giveaways, and discounts!




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6 Responses to Ten Books About Famous Civil War Era Women

  1. Heather H says:

    Oh my. My eyes lit up when I saw your title!!! Women of the Civil War is a favorite topic of mine – especially SPIES! Behind Rebel Lines (about Emma Edmonds) and Rebel Rose (Rose O’Neal Greenhow) were my two favorites as a girl! Can’t wait to check out some of these titles!

    • I’ll have to check those out! I started loving Civil War history when we lived in Kansas and I just love strong women so the two naturally make my eyes light up! 🙂

  2. Marianne @ Abundant Life says:

    Excellent list and resource, Aadel. Thanks!

  3. […] you can tell by the titles of some of the books, we are still on a Civil War kick. Reading about different important women that lived during the era has been fascinating, and has […]

  4. Samantha says:

    have you heard of Sarah Emma Edmonds? She was a cross-dressing soldier! She has an amazing story!

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