Women's role during the Civil War

By Kyle Baker

The affects of the Civil War on Women

The Civil War significantly affected the lives of American women. A handful disguised themselves as men and joined the fight. Others served as spies and nurses. Many more took on new roles at home after their husbands, brothers, and fathers were to the call to arms.

Woman Nurses

Between 2,000 to 5,000 women volunteered as nurses during the Civil War. According to the book Women in the Civil War, so many women eagerly volunteered for the job

Secret Soldiers

Although women were forbidden to join the military at the time, over 400 women still served as secret soldiers in the Civil War. A handful of these women even fought in the famous battles of Gettysburg and Antietam.

Woman Spies

Information about the enemy was a key weapon on war, and hundreds of women spied for the Union and Confederacy. Harriet Tubman, best known as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, worked as a cook and nurse for the Union before she was asked to organize former slaves in South Carolina into a spy network.