All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies

All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies

by Elizabeth D. Leonard
     
 

During the Civil War, women worked as spies and sometimes disguised themselves as male soldiers to play an heroic part in the conflict. Historian Elizabeth D. Leonard has combed archives, memoirs, and histories to unearth the stories of these hidden and forgotten women who risked their lives for the blue and the gray. Here are the stories of Belle Boyd, Confederate… See more details below

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During the Civil War, women worked as spies and sometimes disguised themselves as male soldiers to play an heroic part in the conflict. Historian Elizabeth D. Leonard has combed archives, memoirs, and histories to unearth the stories of these hidden and forgotten women who risked their lives for the blue and the gray. Here are the stories of Belle Boyd, Confederate loyalist and key player in Stonewall Jackson's struggle to hold the Shenandoah Valley, and Sarah Emma Edmonds, who enlisted as Franklin Thompson, and fought at Fredericksburg. Leonard includes many other courageous women, investigates why they chose unconventional ways to help their cause, and shows how they were able to break through the traditional barriers of Victorian womanhood.

Engaging tales of valor, patriotism, and dedication through letters and contemporary accounts. (Denver Post)

A fascinating, important addition to Civil War scholarship (James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom)

Author Bio: Elizabeth D. Leonard is a professor of history and the director of women's studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She is the author of Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140298581
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth D. Leonard
is the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College. The author of several books, including Yankee Women, All the Daring of a Soldier, Lincoln’s Avengers, and Men of Color to Arms!, she lives in Waterville, Maine.

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