Amazing Women of the Civil War: Fascinating True Stories of Women Who Made a Difference

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The Civil War is most often described as one in which brother fought against brother. But the most devastating war fought on American soil was also one in which women demonstrated heroic deeds, selfless acts, and courage beyond measure. Women mobilized soup kitchens and relief societies. Women cared for wounded soldiers. Women were effective spies. And it is estimated that 300 women fought on the battlefields, usually disguised as men. The most fascinating Civil War women ...

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Overview

The Civil War is most often described as one in which brother fought against brother. But the most devastating war fought on American soil was also one in which women demonstrated heroic deeds, selfless acts, and courage beyond measure. Women mobilized soup kitchens and relief societies. Women cared for wounded soldiers. Women were effective spies. And it is estimated that 300 women fought on the battlefields, usually disguised as men. The most fascinating Civil War women include:

  • Harriet Tubman, a former slave, who led hundreds of fellow slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad
  • Four hundred women who were seized in Roswell, Georgia, deported to Indiana, and vanished without a trace
  • Belle Boyd, the "Siren of the Shenandoah," who at the age of seventeen killed a Union soldier
  • "Crazy" Elizabeth Van Lew, who deliberately fostered the impression that she was eccentric so that she could be an effective spy for the North

"The poor fellow sprang from myhands and fell back quivering in the agonies of death. A bullet had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through my sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder." ―Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross

"We were all amused and disgusted at the sight of a thing that nothing but the debased and depraved Yankee nation could produce. [A woman] was dressed in the full uniform of a Federal surgeon. She was not good looking, and of course had tongue enough for a regiment of men." ―Captain Benedict J. Semmes, describing Mary Walker, M.D.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558537910
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 739,527
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College,wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Triviaand Fact Book. Before his deathin 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2004

    GOOD BOOK BUT NOT FOR SERIOUS HISTORIANS

    This is a good book; however, for really serious historians, this isn't for you. This book includes very basic information that serious historians can find elsewhere. This is really a book for adolescents interested in learning about this aspect of American history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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