Women Soldiers of the Civil War
Until recent history, women have been unable to fight alongside men in a war. However, a few brave women have bucked traditional roles in pursuit of a more active role for women during war times. Unsatisfied with holding positions as nurses or cooks, courageous women during the American Civil War disguised themselves as men to enlist as soldiers in the United States armed forces. Each woman has a different story and a unique contribution to the Civil War effort.
Loretta Velazquez- Soldier, spy, and author, Loretta Velaquez was a remarkable character. A Cuban immigrant, Velazquez married a US Army officer. After she served as a soldier, Velazquez penned the book The Women in Battle .
The contributions of women soldier in early American history are seldom emphasized. These unlikely heroes are representative of the intense spirit and devotion to cause that resounds in truly great Americans. Risking life and reputation, in a time when that was the extent of what many women had to claim as their own, the women soldiers of the American Civil War chose to serve their country. To learn more about women soldiers of the American Civil War, reference the following resources: