Juanita Leisch Jensen will discuss "New York Women and the Civil War" which highlights the significant contributions of New York women in providing social, spiritual, psychological, material, monetary, medical, mourning, memorial and even military support for the Civil War effort. The talk is based entirely on primary sources such as official records, diaries, letters, journals, and the occasional memoir. The talk is heavily illustrated with original photographs, lithographs, and other visual images.
Juanita Leisch Jensen has been a student of women in the Civil War for her entire adult life. She is the author of "Who Wore What" and "An Introduction to Civil War Civilians". Each remained in print for more than 15 years. She is currently serving as a Governor in the Company of Military Historians, and was named a 'Fellow' in that organization in 2000, an honor given to fewer than 6 women in the last 50 years. Juanita greatly enjoys giving talks and presentation, and, with a recent trip to Iowa, has given talks in more than 40 states. Juanita and her husband, military historian Les Jensen, split their time between homes in the Hudson Valley of NY and the Shenandoah Valley of VA.