Soldiers' Graffiti (and Julia Wilbur) at Historic Blenheim

Soldiers' Graffiti (and Julia Wilbur) at Historic Blenheim

Stories behind Civil War graffiti at Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, VA.

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Caregiving in the 1800s

Caregiving in the 1800s

Julia Wilbur and other “dutiful daughters” (and nieces, aunts, et al.) often had their hands full.

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The First Independence Day after the End of the Civil War

The First Independence Day after the End of the Civil War

Here’s how Julia Wilbur—and finally liberated African Americans—celebrated July 4, 1865, in Washington, DC.

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Julia Wilbur: Teacher and Equal Pay Advocate

Julia Wilbur: Teacher and Equal Pay Advocate

Julia Wilbur’s experiences as a teacher from 1844 to 1859 ring true today. Equal pay for equal work, anyone?

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A Q and A with Jessica Ziparo, Author of This Grand Experiment

A Q and A with Jessica Ziparo, Author of This Grand Experiment

In which I learn more from the author about the life of female government employees (including Julia Wilbur) in the 1860s.

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Upon Hearing about the Death of Abraham Lincoln

Upon Hearing about the Death of Abraham Lincoln

Julia Wilbur records what she felt and saw the day after Lincoln's assassination.

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"Dealer in Slaves" to Freedom House

"Dealer in Slaves" to Freedom House

There's been a lot in the paper lately about Freedom House in Alexandria. Here's some background.

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New Year's Eve Day--A Sad Time for Julia Wilbur

New Year's Eve Day--A Sad Time for Julia Wilbur

December 31, 1859, was a sad milestone for Julia Wilbur, but one that propelled her in a very different direction.

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Holiday Gift, 1850s: Autographs for Freedom

Holiday Gift, 1850s: Autographs for Freedom

Hot Christmas gift in 1853-1854: Autographs for Freedom, compiled by the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society.

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From Diary to Biography

From Diary to Biography

I hope my guest blog for the University of Nebraska Press gives you some useful tips to go from diary pages to a narrative.

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Q-and-A with Pamela Toler, author of Heroines of Mercy Street

Q-and-A with Pamela Toler, author of Heroines of Mercy Street

Historian and author Pamela Toler posed some questions to me about Julia Wilbur and Civil War Alexandria.

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For Mainers and Maine-Lovers: Amy Bradley in Alexandria

For Mainers and Maine-Lovers: Amy Bradley in Alexandria

A Maine woman made life less miserable for thousands of soldiers in Alexandria, VA.

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Creating & Testing a "Julia Wilbur in Civil War Alexandria" Walking Tour

Creating & Testing a "Julia Wilbur in Civil War Alexandria" Walking Tour

I created a Julia Wilbur Walking Tour. Here's how. (And I will do it again, now that I have road-tested it!)

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Nine Partners & a Neat Picture

Nine Partners & a Neat Picture

Julia Wilbur drew a picture of Nine Partners Boarding School, which she attended at age 14--and I recently got a look at it.

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The Conspirators' Trial Began May 9, 1865

The Conspirators' Trial Began May 9, 1865

The courtroom where Mary Surratt and 7 others were tried--then and now.

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The Morning After

The Morning After

Julia Wilbur records what she felt and saw the day after Lincoln's assassination.

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Julia Ward Howe & Julia Wilbur

Julia Ward Howe & Julia Wilbur

Julia Ward Howe & Julia Wilbur traveled in different circles--but they did connect at least once.

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Julia Wilbur's Alexandria: The "Slave Pen"

 On the first morning after the Union occupation of Alexandria, May 22, 1861, Michigan troops came upon what had been a flourishing slave-trading establishment on Duke Street, less than a mile from the Potomac River.

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Julia Wilbur's Alexandria

My friend Mary visited from Connecticut and asked for a tour of Julia Wilbur sites in Alexandria. (She is a fellow history nut, writer, and great friend, as I am not sure who else would indulge me on a hot summer day!) We didn't have much time, but off we went to some of the spots on a map I built:

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Harriet Jacobs and Julia Wilbur: Two Other "Heroines"

With my own research in mind, I can't resist proposing Julia Wilbur and Harriet Jacobs as two other real-life heroines of Mercy Street.

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