She Went To The Field: Women Soldiers of the Civil War

Written by Bonnie Tsui
Review by John R. Vallely

Until relatively recently, Clara Barton, Belle Boyd, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth van Lew, and a very few others were the only American women famous for their wartime experience in America’s deadliest conflict. While the overwhelming majority of soldiers and sailors were men, a surprisingly significant number of women managed to pass as male soldiers, to serve as nurses, or to engage in the deadly world of clandestine operations. That these women’s biographies are notable for illustrating their daring natures and thirst for adventure is a central aspect of the more than 22 women covered briefly in this introductory survey. A fairly comprehensive bibliography follows the essays.