At the start of the war, Anna Whitehead was at Miss Pegram's school in Richmond, Virginia. This monthly time book served as a record of her grades in subjects as diverse as Poetry, French and Algebra. The open page lists other students in her class in 1861 and the dates they left, presumably because of the war.
Pocahontas Robertson, Richmond, to her sister Catherine "Kate" Robertson, November 10, 1863, concerning news of her studies: "I am getting on splendidly at school I like the French teacher so much. Mr. Snider says he enspects he can give me every Thursday. . . . I enspects I will take up a new study soon Rhetoric."
As the war progressed and conditions in the South worsened, it became increasingly difficult for families to keep their daughters in school. In this 1863 letter from Fannie Booth of Danville Female College, to her grandmother, she mentions that "several girls have left on account of the high board." However, the cost of education did not diminish its value in Fannie's eyes. "I value an education higher than property, therefore I will remain at school as long as Brother Edwin thinks we can afford it."