Thursday, October 21, 2010

Women in the Civil War!

As I've mentioned, I've been studying the Civil War with my son for school. I'm now doing further research for my own personal study. Imagine my delight when I found out how many books there are on the role women played in the Civil War.

Above are just some of the books I've checked out from the library. I've already read, Women at the Front and I'll Pass for Your Comrade.

It is amazing what so many women dared to do that was considered "unladylike" and "scandalous" behavior. Women were nurses, some out on battlefields with bullet holes in their dresses, as proof of their courage. Women were spies on both the north and the south side when it was an offense punishable by hanging. Women took over all duties at their homesteads when their men went off to fight. Somehow, they managed to run farms and businesses all while doing their 24/7 duties that they already had, including raising large families on their own.

Yet, last but not least, over 400 women disguised themselves as men so they could actually fight as soldiers on the battlefield.

I hope to do some individual reviews of the books and maybe profiles of some of the amazing women!!

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