The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed – And Were Changed by – the American Civil War


Jun 01 2021


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The singular actions of Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, Sarah Josepha Hale, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Tubman led to their prominence during the American Civil War and launched them into successful public roles following the conflict. This talk, based on Robert Plumb’s book, will cover highlights of the women’s contributions, their legacies, and their defining qualities such as courage, self-assurance, and persistence that led to their successes. The Better Angels was published by Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, in March 2020. The book with a signed bookplate is available for purchase at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont and online.

Registration is $15 per person.


Robert C. PlumbRobert C. Plumb is the author of Your Brother in Arms: A Union Soldier’s Odyssey and The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed Civil War America. He has given book presentations throughout the Washington, DC area and participated in related programs in Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Prior to writing his two books, Mr. Plumb was an executive at Fannie Mae and General Electric with assignments in the U.S. and internationally. He has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He is a member of the American Battlefield Trust, the Montgomery County (MD) Historical Society, the Montgomery County Civil War Round Table, the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia, and the Society of Civil War Historians.




via Zoom