Women Who Fought in the Civil War They were determined to fight, no matter the cost. They dressed in men's clothing and assumed masculine names; bound their breasts; rubbed dirt on their faces to simulate whiskers; learned to talk, walk, chew and smoke like men; and hid in every conceivable way that they were female. They were soldiers in the Civil War. Both the Union and Confederate Armies Continued ..
Woman Soldier in the Civil War Sarah Rosetta Wakeman disguised herself as a man in order to fight for the Union in the Civil War. The letters she wrote home were preserved by her family, but were not made public for nearly a century because they were stored in the attic of one of her relatives. Wakeman, most often referred to as Rosetta, was born on January 16, 1843, in Afton, New York, to Continued ..
Female Soldier Disguised as a Man Loreta Janeta Velazquez was born into an aristocratic Cuban family in Havana in 1842. Her father was a Spanish government official who owned plantations in Mexico and Cuba. As a young girl, Loreta developed an admiration for Joan of Arc, and expressed a desire to emulate her deeds and to make a name for herself as a woman of courage who would fight for a great Continued ..
Female Soldier in the Union Army Despite being injured at the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, Jane Short was not discovered as a woman until she became ill a few months later. After her discharge, she reenlisted and served until August 1864. Image: Battle of Shiloh by Thure de Thulstrup Many women who disguised themselves as men and enlisted during the Civil War did so to follow a loved one into Continued ..