As part of the Buchanan Civil War event April 28, the Friends of the Buchanan Library presented Fincastle’s Sally Eads. Eads, retired as a history professor at Virginia Western, spoke at the Wilson Warehouse on how both northern and southern women coped with the absence of their men. These women had to take full responsibility for feeding their families, clothing them and bringing in some income from farm crops. With horses gone to the war effort, often women even had to pull the plows themselves, as well as do everything else they did before the war. However, Eads concluded, their experiences gave them a confidence in their abilities they never had before. And resulted in saving family properties, too.
–submitted by Priscilla Richardson