Women’s Roles during the Civil War

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Blanton, DeAnne and Lauren Cook. “They Fought like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War.” Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1964. 91, 92. Print. In “They Fought like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War,” Blanton and Cook tell the unique stories of women actually fighting in the Civil War. Not only did women fight as soldiers they also died as soldiers. Soldiers and field nurses would find women who fought on both sides of the war. The woman soldiers who had died in battle would be buried separately than the men soldiers. Brackman, Barbara. “Civil War Women: Their Quilts, their Roles, Activities for Re-Enactors.” Lafayette: C&T Publishing, 2000. 26, 52, 62, 63, 72. Print. Brackman, in “Civil War Women: Their Quilts, their Roles, Activities for Re-Enactors,” tells the stories of nurses, refugees, civilians, and spies during the Civil War. Bold stories of women who are taking care of children and wounded soldiers having to flee their burning homes to save their families. The horror of hospital work with seeing many men dying in agony from battle wounds that are infect by maggots and disease. There is a story that a woman named Georgeanna Woosley made up a costume for women nurses that were not used in the hospitals. Sarah Hill notes on a ship that she saw this costume and knew from the hat and hoop skirt that Woosley was not a nurse. Chesnut, Mary, Isabella Martin and Myrta Lockett Avery. “A Diary from Dixie.” New York: Gramercy Books, 1905. 77, 80, 388. Print. In Mary Chesnut’s diary, she tells of a wealthy Politian’s wives view of the American Civil War. She talks about a female Union spy that she is polite to her because they are having a sociable dinner. This female spy asks her many questio... ... middle of paper ... ...d he is completely shocked that she would take something that far too only prove appoint. She leaves him in charge while she goes to complete paperwork. While she is away, he is showing her men how to shoot and during one of his presentation the gun malfunctions and he dies. When she comes back she finds out what happens, but stays in the war to complete her duty to her country. Wright, Louise. “Southern Girl in '61.” New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1905. 165, 181. Print. Louise Wright talks about her life during the time of the American Civil War. In her experiences she talks about how she thought Richmond refugees were strong and brave to take on the elements without everyday necessities, such as food and shelter and not hear them complain. She also talks about ambulances during this time. In particular she sees mules taking the wounded soldiers to hospitals.
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