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They Fought Like Demons - Women Soldiers in the Civil War
They Fought Like Demons - Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Author: Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook
This book documents a segment of American history that is completely ignored in most history books -- the service of more than 240 women soldiers in the Civil War -- all of whom passed as men. There were hundreds of women who adopted male disguise and fought as soldiers. More than one soldier astonished "his" comrades-in-arms by giving birth in ...  more »
ISBN: 189328
Publication Date: 9/2002
Pages: 277
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Publisher: Vintage Books
Book Type: Paperback
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I've read dozens of books about the Civil War and I can't recall that any of them mentioned a woman - posing as a man - who gave birth in camp, to the surprise of all the other soldiers. And they certainly didn't talk about how that happened several times, on both sides. The authors thoroughly researched all that remains of the lives of the women who served as soldiers in that war via letters, news accounts, military diaries, and post-war recollections. Hundreds of women posed as men for a variety of reasons, including lust for adventure, love of a man in uniform, and a sincere desire to serve the cause. A fascinating read. This book was purchased at a Civil War battlefield museum in Lousiana.
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