Who were the men and women in blue and gray?
Who tended to them when they were sick or wounded?
Who took care of the farms and homes left behind?
Who worked in the arsenals, built the forts, and provided supplies?
Records preserved in the National Archives contain remarkable stories of ordinary people as well as generals and statesmen. Take a look.
This bill granted Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye a pension. It did not come easily for her. After serving under the alias Frank Thompson during the war, Seelye returned to civilian life as a woman, married, and focused on raising her family. However, she suffered a lifelong disability as a result of her service and eventually applied for a pension because her family needed the income. This document includes the amount she received each month.
National Archives, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs