With the outbreak of the Civil War, nearly everybody was caught up in patriotic fervor—men and women, Union and Confederate. Many women defied society’s expectations to actively join the fight. Courageous Women of the Civil War reveals the exploits of sixteen remarkable women who served as spies, nurses, vivandieres, even soldiers on the front lines.
Meet fascinating figures such as Maria Lewis, a former slave who, disguised as a white male soldier, “put the fear of Hell” into Confederate enemies. Annie Etheridge supported her regiment as a vivandière, coolly helping the injured in the thick of battle. A solid resource for history buffs and students alike.