For many years the effect of the Civil War on civilian life was neglected in the history books. Telling the tales of generals and soldiers on the battleground during a brutal conflict naturally took precedence. But recently, with understandings shaped by their own times, historians have begun telling the story of the home front--Confederate and Union. This new approach focuses on the interaction between military and domestic events, and is grounded in the understanding that what happens on the battleground is never isolated from considerations of politics, government policies, economics, and morale, especially during a civil war. Nor are the lives of civilians--ordinary people in unusual times--removed from the events taking place on the battlefield, no matter how distant they may be.
The Civilian Corps of NCWV portrays men and women of all classes and statuses, in all professions imaginable. In addition to their individual portrayals, the Civilian Corps hosts tea and organizes balls for the organization.
Civilian Chief of Staff:
United States Christian Commission
The United States Christian Commission (USCC) was an organization that furnished supplies, medical services, and religious literature to Union troops during the American Civil War. It combined religious support with social services and recreational activities. It supplied Protestant chaplains and social workers and collaborated with the U.S. Sanitary Commission in providing medical services.
United States Sanitary Commission
The United States Sanitary Commission (USSC) was a private relief agency created by federal legislation on June 18, 1861, to support sick and wounded soldiers of the United States Army (Federal /Northern / Union Army) during the American Civil War. It operated across the North, raised an estimated $25 million in Civil War era revenue (assuming 1865 dollars, $399.67 million in 2018) and in-kind contributions to support the cause, and enlisted thousands of volunteers. The president was Henry Whitney Bellows, and Frederick Law Olmsted acted as executive secretary. It was modeled on the British Sanitary Commission, set up during the Crimean War (1853-1856), and from the British parliamentary report published after the Indian Rebellion of 1857 ("Sepoy Rebellion"). During the Civil War, The US Sanitary Commission made over 250,000 quilts for the Soldiers.
Currently, the NCWV's own US Sanitary Commission is working on a Soldier's cot quilt in camp at our events. When it is finished, it will be raffled off to support the organization.