Dione Longley – “If I could only go too”: Connecticut Women in the Civil War
Connecticut Women played a remarkable role in the Civil War, creating the nation’s first soldiers’ aid society in Bridgeport, CT, and supplying literally tons of much needed materials to Connecticut troops.
Ms. Longley will discuss this history and much more, from her forthcoming book on the subject. Using letters and diaries from women of the time, she utilizes real stories to illustrate the role of women in the war.
Connecticut History Connection quoted Longley: “In a thousand different ways, they sacrificed as much as the men to save the Union,” Longley said in the article. “If they were home trying to run the farm and raise their children alone, while their husbands went south to fight, they struggled often with poverty and overwork.”
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Longley worked in the curatorial department of the Connecticut Historical Society, and is a former director of the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown.