They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War - Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War (Hardback)DeAnne Blanton (other), Lauren Cook Wike (other)
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Relying on more than a decade of research in primary sources, Blanton and Cook document over 240 women in uniform and find that their reasons for fighting mirrored those of men, -patriotism, honor, heritage, and a desire for excitement. Some enlisted to remain with husbands or brothers, while others had dressed as men before the war. Some so enjoyed being freed from traditional women's roles that they continued their masquerade well after 1865. The authors describe how Yankee and Rebel women soldiers eluded detection, some for many years, and even merited promotion. Their comrades often did not discover the deception until the ""young boy"" in their company was wounded, killed, or gave birth.
In addition to examining the details of everyday military life and the harsh challenges of -warfare for these women, which included injury, capture, and imprisonment, Blanton and Cook discuss the female warrior as an icon in nineteenth-century popular culture and why twentieth-century historians and society ignored women soldiers' contributions. Shattering the negative assumptions long held about Civil War distaff soldiers, this sophisticated and dynamic work sheds much-needed light on an unusual and overlooked facet of the Civil War experience.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
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