She Went to the Field: Women Soldiers of the Civil War

She Went to the Field: Women Soldiers of the Civil War

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This exciting new volume profiles several substantiated cases of female soldiers during the American Civil War, including Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (aka Private Lyons Wakeman, Union); Sarah Emma Edmonds (aka Private Frank Thompson, Union); Loreta Janeta Velazquez (aka Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate); and Jennie Hodgers (aka Private Albert D. J. Cashier, Union). Also featured are those women who may not have posed as male soldiers but who nonetheless pushed gender boundaries to act boldly in related military capacities, as spies, nurses, and vivandieres ("daughters of the regiment") who bore the flag in battle, rallied troops, and cared for the wounded.Examining the Civil War through the lens of these women soldiers who fought in the conflict offers valuable insight on existing historical work. This volume will acquaint readers with these women, offering in-depth biographies and behind-the-scenes information. While drawing from recent academic work, Women Soldiers of the Civl War is a lively text geared toward the general-audience reader.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 14g
  • TwoDot Books
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • First Edition
  • 0762743840
  • 9780762743841
  • 1,872,601

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She Went to the Field: Women Soldiers of the Civil War tells the little-known, true stories of the brave women who boldly challenged gender boundaries during The War Between the States. Whether disguising themselves as male soldiers or participating in related military capacities as spies, nurses, and vivandieres, these heroic women deserve to be recognized both for their contributions to the war and to women's rights. Written in an engaging style, this book draws the reader into what has been, until recently, a mere side note in Civil War history. From Frances Clayton (aka Frances Clalin), who fought for the Union in eighteen battles and was wounded three times, to Sarah Edmonds (aka Private Frank Thompson, Union), who released a memoir detailing her adventures before the war even ended, these women patriots and their sisters played a vital - and often overlooked - role on the battlefield and behind the scenes.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments, Introduction, (1) Sarah Emma Edmonds, aka Private Frank Thompson, Union (2) Loreta Janeta Velazquez, aka Lieutentant Harry T. Buford, Confederate (3) Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, aka Private Lyons Wakeman, Union (4) Jenni Hodgers, aka Private Albert D. J. Cashier, Union (5) Frances Clayton, Florena Budwin, Mary Ann Clark, Mary Pitman, and Other Women Soldiers (6) "Daughters of the Regiment": The Role of Vivandieres in the War: Kady Brownell, Union; Annie Etheridge, Union; and Others (7) Spies: Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Belle Boyd, Pauline Cushman, Elizabeth Van Lew, and Harriet Tubman (8) Wartime Nurses: Clara Barton, Cornelia Hancock, Mary Livermore, Mary Anne Bickerdyke, Belle Reynolds, Sally Tompkins, and Kate Cummin (9) Bibliography (10) Index
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About Bonnie Tsui

Bonnie Tsui is a former associate editor at Travel + Leisure magazine. A recipient of the Radcliffe Traveling Fellowship and a graduate of Harvard University in 1999, she has written for numerous publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Sydney Morning Herald. She lives in New York City.
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