"I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man's work for less than a man's pay
Very few Men were left at home during the civil war and the ones who were probably couldn't do very much work if any. This left the women of the house. They were used to staying at home and cooking and cleaning and making sure the kids were alright. When the war started they had to do that and much much more. The women in the South had it pretty bad. While they took care of the house they also had to take care of the plantation, oversee the slaves, arrange for loans, and collect food and supplies for their family and the armies. Without The women the agriculture of this country would hav been non existent. The women in the North and South took over farms and businesses. 400 educated women from the north and south got jobs as clerks confederate government office staff, and other white collar jobs.
There were other women who worked in arsinals making the uniforms for the soldiers and the ammunition. Before the Civil War there were slop shops otherwise known as sweat shops that made clothes for unmarried labors and slaves. When the Civil War started the demand for uniforms increased. The slop shops now had more women working for them then the original immigrant women. The women who worked there were compared to slaves. Their pay was awful. As far as Charity went some Socialites threw balls to raise money but a lot of women came together as church groups to raise money.
above is a picture of a women saying goodbye to the troops
At one point in the war the food prices were so high women on the homefront could not afford them. The armies kept taking food from the farms to feed the troops, leaving the ones not fighting to starve. On April 2nd Women came together and marched to the Capitol Square. Once there they talked to governor John Letcher and demanded more bread. Jefferson Davis arrived and threw the money he had to the crowed and said "You say you are hungry and have no money-here is all I have." The rioters took it and then Jefferson proceeded to tell them that if they were not gone in five minutes he would have the milita open fire on them. They scattered and went their own ways.
Two Women in Civil War Times