This is for the unknown women who witnessed the Civil War, whose lives and experiences were lost and forgotten in the pages of history. Step back into time and hear the voices of the past come to life. The Nameless and the Faceless Women of the Civil War is a collection of 28 poems and 28 essays, along with historical images and personal photos.
This is my second book in the series. The inspiration for this collection comes from the very first poem and essay about Elvira Finch Moore. She was a relative who was from upstate New York and married John L. Moore in 1853 in Fairfax County, Virginia. This was nine years before the start of the American Civil War. Family history and stories of Elvira suggested she was a traitor, but was she a traitor to the North? The South? We do not know.
Recently, the family discovered Guards and Pickets passes that had been given to Elvira in 1863-1864. The passes show her coming from Fairfax and going to Washington D.C., but in what capacity? We have rumors and legends passed down through the family, but no definitive answers.
Elvira and the mystery that surrounds her life is the inspiration for this collection.
The Nameless and the Faceless Women of the Civil War is about those unrecognized women of that era. Many are without a name or a face, but here they have a voice. As we know, not everyone who experienced the Civil War made it into the history books. Through the rhyme and narrative of poetry, I hope to share their stories, as never before seen or heard.