Women's Autobiographies on National Wars in the 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 included for this period are:

  • Mexican American War (1846–48)
  • European Civil Wars (1848–49)
  • Wars of Italian Independence (1848–49, 1859, 1866)
  • Crimean War (1853–56)
  • American Civil War (1861–65)
  • German Wars of Unifications (1864, 1866, 1870–71)
  • Russo-Japanese War (1904–05)

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Barton, Clara. A Story of the Red Cross: Glimpses of Field Work. New York: D. Appleton, 1904.
Rassweiler, Anne Dickason, ed. Bek, Anna Nikolaevna. The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
Benton, Cora Beach, and Thomas R. Taber. Hard Breathing Days: The Civil War Letters of Cora Beach Benton. Albion, NY: Almeron Press, 2003.
Bisha, Robin. Russian Women, 1698-1917: Experience and Expression, an Anthology of Sources. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.
Bridgeman, Francis, Aloysius M. Doyle, Mary Joseph Croke, and Maria Luddy. The Crimean Journals of the Sisters of Mercy, 1854-56. Dublin; Portland, OR: Four Courts Press, 2004.
Cahill, Audrey Fawcett. Between the Lines: Letters and Diaries from Elsie Inglis's Russian Unit. Edinburgh: Pentland Press, 1999.
Clarke, Charles Francis, Mary Clarke, and Darlis A. Miller. Above a Common Soldier : Frank and Mary Clarke in the American West and the Civil War. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.
Clyman, Toby W., and Judith Vowles. Russia through Women's Eyes: Autobiographies from Tsarist Russia. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1996.
Corbusier, Fanny Dunbar. Fanny Dunbar Corbusier: Recollections of her Army Life, 1869-1908. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
Davis, Elizabeth. Betsy Cadwaladyr : A Balaclava Nurse : The Autobiography of Elizabeth Davis In Honno classics; Variation: Honno classics. Dinas Powys: Honno, 2007.
Duberly, Frances Isabella L., and Christine Kelly. Mrs Duberly's War : Journal and Letters from the Crimea, 1854-6. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Kollontai, Aleksandra. Letopis’ moei zhizni In Vremena i nravy; Variation: Vremena i nravy. Moscow, Russia: Academia, 2004.
Kollontai, A. 1872-1952. The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman. New York: Herder and Herder, 1971.
Kreiser, Jr., Lawrence A. and Randal Allred, eds. The Civil War in Popular Culture: Memory and Meaning. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
McDonald, Cornelia Peake, and Minrose Gwin. A Woman's Civil War: a Diary with Reminiscences of the War from March 1862. Madison, United States: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.
Nightingale, Florence, and Martha Vicinus. Ever Yours, Florence Nightingale : Selected Letters. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.
Nightingale, Florence, and Sue Goldie. Florence Nightingale : Letters from the Crimea, 1854-1856. New York: Mandolin, 1997.
Goldie, Sue, ed. Nightingale, Florence. I Have Done My Duty: Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War, 1854-56. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1987.
Nightingale, Florence, and Anthony Sattin. Letters from Egypt: A Journey on the Nile, 1849–1850. New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987.
Riggs, Thomas. The literature of war. Detroit, U.S.A.: St. James Press, 2013.
Seacole, Mary, and Sara Salih. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands In Penguin classics; Variation: Penguin classics. London: Penguin, 2005.
Seacole, Mary. Wonderful adventures of Mrs. Seacole in many lands. London: James Blackwood, 1857.
University of Iowa Libraries,. Civil War Diaries and Letters.
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.
Watkins, Richard Henry, Mary Purnell Du Watkins, and Jeff Toalson. Send Me a Pair of Old Boots & Kiss My Little Girls : The Civil War Letters of Richard and Mary Watkins, 1861-1865. New York: iUniverse, Inc., 2009.