Women of the Civil War

by: Juliette Ramirez

Introduction ☆*:.

The events of the Civil War brought an outbreak in American notions and way of living for the the women of the 19th century. Starting new ways of life and creating the rise of feminism.
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Reasons ⌲

Most women whom joined the war had the same motivation as their male companions. Some went to share the experience with their loved ones, others unlisted for reliable wages and adventure. Another reason could be to flee their unhappy lives at home as well as not wanting to feel like a 'burden' during a time of such need.

Changing the women ways ✿

At the time, women weren't accepted accepted as equal. They were simply thought of as "property" by men. This meant that no women were allowed to inlist in both Union and Confederate armies, the only thing they were allowed to do was serve as nurses- but only because they were needed. Of course women found a way to get around these rules and perceptions as they involved themselves in The great Civil War. In fact the number of female soldiers in which participated in th war is unclear, from 400 up to 750.

Work at war ☼

NURSES & AIDES


SPIES


SMUGGLERS


ARMY SOLDIERS (undercover)

"Faking it" ☽

Of course all women who were part of the Civil War were and still are very important. But the ones which dressed as men and managed to stay undercover are one of the most mentioned. In reality, to achieve this was quite easy.


Reason #1: No identification was needed to join the army, this allowed them to create a fake identity and easily inlist.


Reason #2: There was no military training needed, allowing both female and male to learn fighting tactics that the same pace.


Reason #3: The female structure and hairless faces classified them as youths and arose no suspicion.

Discovered ☜

Most women weren't caught when it came to them dressing up as men and joining the army, and if they were, the outcome wasn't vital. The discovered women would usually be sent home without punishment, although some unlucky ones faced imprisonment or would be institutionalized. Yet the ones who were caught were due to the wounds she received, or by being picked up from them battlefield.
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African American women of the Civil War ✿

African American women took a very important and active role in the Civil War by assisting the Union military in winning the Civil War. They operated as spies, messengers and guides. They were willing to offer enormous support to the army.

❧ Remembered Woman of the Civil War ☙

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. She would meet a group of slaves and guided them to freedom along with a group of sympathizers. She also worked as a Union scout, spy, and nurse; she gathered valuable news from slaves about the Confederacy and reported it to the Union.

Belle Boyd

Isabelle "Belle" Boyd was on of the Confederacy's most famous spy. By the time she was twenty-one, Belle had been caught six or seven times, and imprisoned twice for spying.

Dorothea Dix

Dorothea was a well known woman, she reformed asylums, and when finding out military hospitals were in horrible conditions, got to work immediately; without pay. She created hospitals, payed for ambulances, as well as opening her house to ther nurses whom were tired and sick.

Sarah Edmonds

Sarah Edmonds ran away from her home to escape a marriage her father had arranged. She cut off her curly hair, put on a uniform and fled to the United States to join the Union army.

Emeline Piggot

Emeline was content to be a nurse for the Confederate soldiers. Apart from helping the wounded, Emma decided to take up a secret service work and became North Carolina's most famous spy and smuggler. She hid secret messages in her full skirts, and if caught, she would swallow the note; leaving no evidence.
All of the women involved in the Civil War are very important, yet they're not focused on as much for the simple fact that they are women. They helped lead and fought just as hard as men did. Whether they were on the battlefield, curing the wounded, or taking care of their families at home while their husbands were drafted off to war; the woman of the Civil War are truly legends.
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