Tag: Martha Sheets

Renegade Women

Alzada Courtney, middle person of middle row,  longest-lived participant in the Free State of Jones, 1926. Alzada died in 1936 at age 108. Photo courtesy of Ralph Kirkland

I first discovered Southern Unionists while doing research on women in pre-Civil War North Carolina. Women, I soon realized, were central to the ties of kinship that bound together people who opposed the new Confederate nation. When […]