[PAST EVENT] Blockades, Books, and Bassinets: Children playing, learning, and surviving during the Civil War
April 17, 2013 - October 16, 2013
LocationSwem Library, Special Collections lobby
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
At the beginning of the Civil War, 14-million children lived in the United States, making up more than 40 percent of the country's population. Their voices and experiences are an indispensable part of understanding life on the home front. Through materials like diaries, letters, photographs, books, and artifacts, Blockades, Books, and Bassinets illustrates the lives of children of various ages, stages, and locations during this period. From the mundane to the unique challenges of war, these are the stories of Charley, Willie, Nell, Lizzie, and many others.