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.
Washington, D.C. As she approached Washington, she began to change her clothes as people along the way took pity on her and offered her better apparel. By the time she reached Washington she was dressed well enough to be able to rent a room at the Brown Hotel. From this room, she set out daily, gathering intelligence data for the Confederacy. She reported on troop movements, defenses around Washington, and movement of naval vessels. While gathering information she heard about openings for
service. Frances Day—Woman Soldier Many women soldiers were killed in battle without their identity being discovered. Some who died in battle lived long enough after being wounded to reveal their story. Such was the case of Frances Day, a 19-year-old Pennsylvania girl. Frances Day was born in 1844 and was a native of Mifflin, Pennsylvania, 40 miles northwest of Harrisburg in Juniata County. She fell in love with a young man named William Fitzpatrick. William, in response to President
Sally Tompkins continued working with the southern veterans and often spoke at veteran reunions throughout the South. She lost her fortune when the Confederacy was defeated. She continued to work as a nurse and when her meager salary became insufficient to support her, she went to live in the Home for Confederate Women in Richmond. The Sally Tompkins chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy was formed in her honor. She died in Richmond, Virginia, on July 25, 1916, at the age of 83 and was
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