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'Home and Friends': Kinship, Community, and Elite Women in Caldwell County, North Carolina, during the Civil War


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This article compares letters and diaries of four wealthy women of elite society in Caldwell County, Ella Harper, Till Abernathy, Laura Norwood, and Mary Fries Patterson, to determine how the combination of a common geographical location mostly spared of direct contact with military invasion and civil unrest, wealth, and a support network based on prewar affiliations among females of their social class enabled these women to cope more effectively with wartime hardships than other women of the Piedmont and mountains of North Carolina.
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