Betty Carlson Kay is a former school teacher who has written several books about the Civil War and various people associated with the Civil War. She gave us a program in first person about three women from that era.
One woman was Mother Bickerdyke. She was Mary Ann Bickerdyke, a widow from Galesburg, IL who was asked to assist at the Army hospital in Cairo, IL for a few weeks. She realized the great need that the army had for someone to properly care for the soldiers, and ended up spending several years with the army.
Another was Julia Dent Grant. She was from Missouri, but became the wife of Ulysses S. Grant, a West Point classmate of her brother Frederick. They lived in Galena, IL before he became President.