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I'll pass for your comrade: Women soldiers in the Civil War

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Silvey,Anita

Source:

Clarion Books, New York, p.115 (2008)

Call Number:

Cubb Curr E628 .S555 2008

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8380635

Keywords:

1861-1865--Participation, 1861-1865--Women--Juvenile literature, Female--Juvenile literature, Notable Children's Trade Book/Social Studies 2009, United States--History--Civil War, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, Female, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women, Women soldiers--Confederate States of America--History--19th century, Women soldiers--Confederate States of America--History--19th century--Juvenile literature, Women soldiers--United States--History--19th century, Women soldiers--United States--History--19th century--Juvenile literature, Women--Confederate States of America--History, Women--Confederate States of America--History--Juvenile literature, Women--United States--History--19th century, Women--United States--History--19th century--Juvenile literature

Abstract:

Contents: "The music of regimental bands": the first Battle of Bull Run -- "Won't you let me come with you?": reasons for becoming a soldier -- "Don the breeches": enlisting in the military -- "A skirmish drill is the prettiest drill": a soldier's life -- "The whole landscape for an instant turned slightly red": women at Antietam -- "I would rather have been shot dead": hospitals and prisons -- "Touched with fire": after the war.; Summary: Sarah Emma Edmonds enlisted because she believed in the Union cause; Melverina Peppercorn joined to stay near her twin brother. Although women were not allowed to enlist as soldiers in the Civil War, many disguised themselves as men and fought anyway.

Notes:

"The fact that women disguised as men served in both the Union and Confederate armies is one of the best-kept secrets of the Civil War. Anita Silvey's clear, insightful book brings together the nuggets of available information about these women and explores why they went to war, how they managed to pass for men (and how we know that they did), their experiences as combat soldiers, and what happened to them afterward."; Lexile measure 1130; ages 10-15; book level 8.3