THE POWELLS

A Collection of 19th Century Women's Papers

Finding Rome
Finding Rome

Trying to contact the owners of a site with no address at Christmas.

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The Powell's School
The Powell's School

in Winchester, VA where Hattie Powell and her family educated young women through 1862.

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Home for a refugee
Home for a refugee

Hattie Powell was hired as a teacher here in 1862 and 1863. The property is still owned by descendants of the same family today

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Book of Letters
Book of Letters

Each property owner receives a book of letters to connect them to this history

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Civil War Diary
Civil War Diary

of Rebecca Powell Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary

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PROJECT BACKGROUND

I am researching the Civil War experience of Harriet Lee Powell and her family.  This site provides an overview of that research, my background, contact information, and summaries of research adventures. This endeavor began when I volunteered in an online Civil War transcription project.  I ultimately focused on the letters of one woman and her family who had a captivating tale. They were educators of young women, but the chaos of the Civil War sent them fleeing to live separate lives as refugee teachers. Their separation produced an enormous archive of letters detailing their experience, including those of Hattie and her sisters who worked as teachers in large homes across the state. I have traveled throughout Virginia to track down the locations where they lived, the people they knew, and the events they witnessed.