They Fought like Demons: Women Soldiers of the American Civil War

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“Albert Cashier” served three years in the Union Army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers. Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro. And more than one soldier astonished “his” comrades-in-arms by giving birth in camp.

This lively and authoritative book opens a hitherto neglected chapter of Civil War history, telling the stories of hundreds of women who adopted ...

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Overview

“Albert Cashier” served three years in the Union Army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers. Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro. And more than one soldier astonished “his” comrades-in-arms by giving birth in camp.

This lively and authoritative book opens a hitherto neglected chapter of Civil War history, telling the stories of hundreds of women who adopted male disguise and fought as soldiers. It explores their reasons for enlisting; their experiences in combat, and the way they were seen by their fellow soldiers and the American public. Impeccably researched and narrated with verve and wit, They Fought Like Demons is a major addition to our understanding of the Civil War era.

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“This book breaks new ground. . . . Documenting the service of more than 240 women soldiers . . . the authors show that courage and honor under fire were shared by men and women alike.” – James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

“Detailed and convincing” –Smithsonian Magazine

“A compelling book that belongs in every Civil War library.” --Publishers Weekly

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Recent discussions about women's place in combat through the centuries have opened up new ways of viewing female soldiers. The role of women soldiers during the Civil War continues to unfold for readers in the 21st century through this carefully researched book. These scholars present an aspect of Civil War history just beginning to be explored in depth. Based on extensive research in government records, manuscript collections, state archives, and private sources, the authors conclude that women who disguised themselves as men, fighting and dying during the Civil War, shared the same duties, hardships, and experiences as male soldiers. Though only a small fraction of the Civil War combatants were female, their contributions need to be brought into the spectrum of Civil War historical research. The role of women in war as combatants finds voices through the experiences of these often-valiant women who defied the prevailing role models of Victorian times. Extensive notes and bibliography make this volume in the Vintage Civil War Library a timely addition to women's studies and Civil War collections. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Random House, Vintage, 277p. illus. bibliog. notes. index., Ages 15 to adult.
— Mary T. Gerrity
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400033157
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/9/2003
  • Series: Vintage Civil War Library Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 335,989
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

DeAnne Blanton, a senior military archivist at the National Archives, specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. Army records.

Lauren M. Cook, special assistant to the chancellor for university communications at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, is the editor of An Uncommon Soldier: The Civil War Letters of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, Alias Private Lyons Wakeman, 153rd Regiment, New York State Volunteers, 1862-1864.

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  • Posted September 14, 2014

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    This is a great piece. DeAnne Blanton did a great job covering

    This is a great piece. DeAnne Blanton did a great job covering the overall history of female soldiers as well as the known individuals whom did. It was very well researched, an easy read and very interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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