The Artifact Gallery was made possible by a generous gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee.
This print presents the scope of relief work conducted by the women of St. Louis through the Ladies’ Union Aid Society, hinting at the changes in the perception of women’s roles that resulted from the Civil War. In the foreground an eagle tears apart the Confederate flag near the body of a dead snake, a symbol of disloyalty. Behind, a woman holding a large U.S. flag proudly displays her loyalty to the Union. In the background, groups of women nurse wounded soldiers, both black and white. Elsewhere in the picture, women aid widows, orphans, and freedmen.