Women’s Autobiographies on the Colonial Wars of the long 19th Century

This bibliography focuses on women's autobiographies, diaries and memoirs (as well as a few letter connections). These authors participated in and/or lived through various, Western armed conflict and wrote about their experiences in English, French, German or Russian.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Imperial Conquest of Africa (1880–1914)
  • Spanish–American War (1898)
  • Boer/South African War (1899–1902)
  • Philippine-American War (1899–1902)

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Armstrong, Henrietta E. C., and Thariza Van Rensburg. Camp Diary of Henrietta E.C. Armstrong: Experiences of a Boer Nurse in the Irene Concentration Camp, 6 April-11 October 1901. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 1980.
Barkly, Fanny A. Among Boers and Basutos: The Story of Our Life on the Frontier. London: Remington & Co., 1893.
Brandt, Johanna. The Petticoat Commando or, Boer Women in Secret Service. London: Mills & Boon, 1913.
Theron, Bridget, ed. Collins, Bessie. Dear Sue: The Letters of Bessie Collins from Pretoria During the Anglo-Boer War. Pretoria: Protea Book House, 2000.
Corbusier, Fanny Dunbar. Fanny Dunbar Corbusier: Recollections of her Army Life, 1869-1908. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
De la Rey, Jacoba Elizabeth. A Woman's Wanderings and Trials During the Anglo-Boer War. London: T.F. Unwin, 1903.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Great Boer War. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1900.

Full text through the Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg.

Durrant, Dorothy. Letters from the Front: Quirindi Servicemen Write Home from the Boer War 1899-1902. Quirindi, N.S.W.: Dorothy Durrant, 2010.
Van Reenen, Rykie, ed. Hobhouse, Emily. Boer War Letters. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 1920.
Izedinova, Sophia, and Christopher Moody. A Few Months with the Boers: The War Reminiscences of a Russian Nursing Sister. Johannesburg: Perskor, 1977.
Jeffreys, Edith, and D. R. M. Wilkinson. Aliwal North in the Boer War, 1899-1900: A Contemporary Account. Groningen: Barkhuis, 2009.
John, Lauren St. Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War and an African Farm. New York: Scribner, 2007.
Adams, Dennis, ed. Lipp, Isabelle Eliza, and Dennis Adams. War Diary: Fiction, Fact and Fancy. Johannesburg (Northwards, 21 Rockridge Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg 2193): Parktown & Westcliff Heritage Trust, 2010.

Alternate Title: War diary of Isabelle Lipp

Marquard, Margaret, and Leopold Marquard. Letters from a Boer Parsonage: Letters of Margaret Marquard During the Boer War. Cape Town ; Johannesburg: Purnell, 1967.
McMaster University,. Peace and War in the 20th Century. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Murray, Mary. The Salvation Army at Work in the Boer War. London: Salvation Army, 1900.
Nasson, Bill, and A. M. Grundlingh. The War at Home: Women and Families in the Anglo-Boer War. Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2013.
Niemann, Petronella Elizabeth, and Mark Sandham. Bethulie and Chubut: Domestic Memoirs of the Boer War and Argentina. Johannesburg: Piglet Press, 2011.
Postma, Magdalina Margaritha. Stemme uit die vrouekampe: Gedurende die Tweede Vryheids Oorlog tussen Boer en Brit van 1899 tot 1902. Middelburg, Transvaal: M.M. Postma, 1925.
Raal, Sarah. The Lady Who Fought: A Young Woman's Account of the Anglo-Boer War. Johannesburg: Stormberg Publishers, 2000.
Riggs, Thomas. The literature of war. Detroit, U.S.A.: St. James Press, 2013.
Saunderson, Moira. Echoes of War: Boer & World War One Letters Extracted from the Raymond Terrace Examiner. Raymond Terrace, N.S.W.: Raymond Terrace & District Historical Society Inc., 2012.
Spiers, Edward M. Letters from Kimberly: Eyewitness Accounts from the South African War. Havertown: Frontline Books, 2013.
Vancouver Island University,. Canadian Letters and Images Project.
Vovk, Justin C. Imperial Requiem: Four Royal Women and the Fall of the Age of Empires. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2012.
Williamson, Margaret, Cindy Parker, Lisa Pickersgill, and Pyramid Hill and D. Society. All but One Came Home: A Story of the Boer War in Letters from Soldiers Sent Home and Published in the Pyramid Hill Advertiser. Pyramid Hill, Vic.: Pyramid Hill & District Historical Society, 2008.
Wilson, Sarah Isabella A., and Sarah Heckford. Ladies of the Veldt: Two Accounts of Remarkable Women in South Africa During the Boer War. LaVergne, TN: Leonaur, 2013.
Young, Sandra. The Boer War: Our Boys in Battle: Letters Home. Queanbeyan, New South Wales, 2014.