After the War
I wonder what I shall do with myself when the war is over. I never can sit down and do nothing.… I never expect to live at home again, I shall always be working somewhere or other, I hope. Work is my life. I cannot be happy doing nothing.
—Emily Parsons to her mother, July 19, 1863
At the close of those four fateful years, she returned to her home in Uniontown, and devoted the few remaining years of her life to the cause of the South, and was instrumental in erecting the soldiers' monument at Morganfield.
—Matthew Page Andrews on Kentucky regimental nurse Bettie Taylor Philips, 1920
After getting settled, I opened a school for Negro children. I had twenty children at my school, and received one dollar a month for each pupil.… [Later] I went to work for a very wealthy lady, Mrs. Charles Green, as laundress.
—Susie King Taylor, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp, 1902