Women in the Civil War: Extraordinary Stories of Soldiers, Spies, Nurses, Doctors, Crusaders, and Others [LARGE PRINT]
Larry G. Eggleston
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When the Civil War erupted, women answered the call for help. They left their traditional roles and served in many capacities, some even disguising themselves as men to enlist in the army. Estimates of these women range from 400 to 700, with records indicating that some 60 women soldiers were killed or wounded. Featured in this work are the more than sixty women who fought or otherwise served the Union or Confederacy. Among them are Sarah Thompson, the Union spy and nurse who brought down the famous raider John Hunt Morgan; Elizabeth Van Lew, the Union spy instrumental in the Civil War's largest prison break; Sarah Malinda Blalock, who fought for the Confederacy as a soldier and then for the Union as a guerrilla raider; and Dr. Mary Walker, a Union doctor and the only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for Civil War service. This entry refers to the LARGE PRINT edition.
River and just below the Van Lew home, was used for housing captured Union officers. The prison was a converted warehouse owned by Libby and Sons who were manufacturers of ship candles. The prison boasted of its high security. Belle Isle. This prison was set up to house Union enlisted men. It was an island in the James River. Castle Godwin. A prison for women suspected, accused, or convicted of disloyalty, spy activities, or harboring deserters. Castle Thunder. This prison was for men
gender was later discovered and she was taken back to the Union lines under a flag of truce. Once released, she turned to the Confederate soldiers and defiantly stated that there was still a woman at Belle Isle Prison. She refused to give the name of the woman, and only said that she was disguised as a man. On March 1, 1864, General Judson Kilpatrick, under orders from President Lincoln, led 3,500 mounted raiders on Richmond with the objective of capturing Richmond and releasing the prisoners
out of bed to jot down the lyrics lest she fall asleep again and forget them. She went back to sleep and when she woke she found that she had written a very nice poem which required very few changes. That day she showed the poem to Massachusetts’s governor John A. Andrew, who was with her on her tour of some of the army camps in and around Washington. The governor encouraged her to publish the poem. She found only one publisher who was interested and she sold the poem for $4 to The Atlantic
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