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The Civil War is most often described as one in which brother fought against brother. But the most devastating war fought on American soil was also one in which women demonstrated heroic deeds, selfless acts, and courage beyond measure. Women mobilized soup kitchens and relief societies. Women cared for wounded soldiers. Women were effective spies. And it is estimated that 300 women fought on the battlefields, usually disguised as men. The most fascinating Civil War women include: Harriet Tubman, a former slave, who led hundreds of fellow slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad Four hundred women who were seized in Roswell, Georgia, deported to Indiana, and vanished without a trace Belle Boyd, the "Siren of the Shenandoah," who at the age of seventeen killed a Union soldier "Crazy" Elizabeth Van Lew, who deliberately fostered the impression that she was eccentric so that she could be an effective spy for the North "The poor fellow sprang from my hands and fell back quivering in the agonies of death. A bullet had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through my sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder." ?Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross "We were all amused and disgusted at the sight of a thing that nothing but the debased and depraved Yankee nation could produce. [A woman] was dressed in the full uniform of a Federal surgeon. She was not good looking, and of course had tongue enough for a regiment of men." ?Captain Benedict J. Semmes, describing Mary Walker, M.D.
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Ten years ago, during research for a genealogy class I was teaching, I discovered a little-known fact about a few brave women during the American Civil War era and was so intrigued, I began pursuing it further. Because I have always enjoyed the slow reveal of a mystery, I began an historical fiction in a mystery format, with the working title Restless Hearts. I could certainly empathize with the restless part; I thrive on change and adventure. A friend said she had the impression that this book would be a romance novel, so I renamed the book Why Weep and Wait? a quote from a letter written to a soldier by his wife. Since I took that title, the story just seemed to pour out of me, changing course often, as if someone else were writing it, because it needed to be told. Why Weep and Wait? could be true. Its set against the credible and true-to-life background of the Civil War, and extensive research went into the creation of the characters, whom I know youll come to admire and love. Id like to see it as a motion picture someday; believe me, its that compelling.
Exploring privileged Confederate women's wartime experiences, this book chronicles the clash of the old and the new within a group that was at once the beneficiary and the victim of the social order of the Old South.
Alexander M. McCook, one of the youngest major generals in the Union army, was a member of a patriotic family from Ohio that became known as the “Fighting McCooks.” He participated in some of the bloodiest campaigns of the Civil War, including Bull Run, Shiloh, Perryville, Stones River and Chickamauga. In battle, McCook could be rash and reckless, but his personal courage was beyond reproach, even as his career was marked by controversy. Subjected to an inquiry into his conduct at the battle of Chickamauga, he was cleared of all charges but relieved of command to spend the remainder of the war in relatively minor assignments. This biography, focusing especially on McCook’s Civil War service, fills out the full picture of a proud if clouded career.
Historical fiction at its best, this novel by bestselling author Marissa Moss tells the story of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who masqueraded as a man named Frank Thompson during the Civil War. Among her many adventures, she was a nurse on the battlefield and a spy for the Union Army, and was captured by (and escaped from) the Confederates. The novel is narrated by Sarah, offering readers an in-depth look not only at the Civil War but also at her journey to self-discovery as she grapples with living a lie and falling in love with one of her fellow soldiers. Using historical materials to build the foundation of the story, Moss has crafted a captivating novel for the YA audience. The book includes a Civil War timeline, archival photos, a glossary of names, and a detailed note on sources. Praise for A Soldier's Secret STARRED REVIEWS "A female Civil War soldier is brought alive for readers...Moss convincingly but never gratuitously portrays the gore, horror and boredom of war. An intimate look at a soldier's life from a compelling, historical perspective." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A captivating piece of YA historical fiction." —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Moss combines fiction with biography in this compelling account…Many battles are graphically described, and the novel is crammed with atmosphere and detail.” —Bay Area News Group "Whether a valiant soldier or angel of mercy, Sarah is a brave and loyal historical figure, well deserving of readers’ attention." —School Library Journal "Moss’ novel offers a fascinating, first-person portrait." —Booklist "The novel is well-written, vividly capturing the drama of Edmonds’ story as well as larger wartime realities.” —Library Media Connection
In 1861, when war erupted between the States, President Lincoln made an impassioned plea for volunteers. Determined not to remain on the sidelines, Emma Edmonds cropped her hair, donned men’s clothing, and enlisted in the Union Army. Posing in turn as a slave, peddler, washerwoman, and fop, Emma became a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death at every turn behind Confederate lines.

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