Hola amigos: Men were not the only ones to fight that Civil War. Some women were soldiers too. Women with arms charged into battle disguised as men. Like men, there were women who lived in camps, suffered in prisons, and died for their causes.
Some women were soldiers, but they were dressed as men. ES
Disguised as a man (left), Frances Clayton served many months in Missouri artillery and cavalry units. (By courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library) Image
by Joan Griffis
The adjutant general’s office wrote in 1909, “No official record has been found in the War Department showing specifically that any woman was ever enlisted in the military service of the United States … during the period of the civil war.” This statement was proven to be untrue and much information has been found on female Civil War soldiers in their obituaries.
DeAnne Blanton has written a fascinating account of many such female soldiers in her three-part article in the National Archives’ publication, Prologue, “Women Soldiers of the Civil War,” which can be read or downloaded from http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1993/spring/women-in-the-civil-war-1.html.
Many of these women enlisted to be with their husbands and some were not identified as female until wounded and hospitalized and “discovered.”
Blanton cites several documented examples of female soldiers and concludes, “The women soldiers of the Civil War were capable fighters. From a historical viewpoint, the women combatants of 1861 to 1865 were not just ahead of their time, they were ahead of our time.”