Ohio Women and the Civil War Home Front

by WHIZ Reporter on October 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

The Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County continued a series in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Doctor Kelly Selby, an assistant professor at Walsh University in North Canton, presented a lecture on the role of Ohio women in the Civil War.

Pioneer and Historical Society President Jim Geyer said Ohio’s political and military importance to the Union victory is widely known, but the female perspective is less understood.

"In her lecture she’s demonstrating how northern women had much more of an influence on the outcome of the war than the southern ladies," said Geyer.

Geyer said that women were very active in politics despite their inability to vote.

"They weren’t always allowed to be active publicly," added Geyer, "but they were very astute politically they knew what was going on, they had political opinions, they weren’t always allowed to express their opinions, so that surprised me."

The program was funded by the Ohio Humanities Council, which is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.