Synopses & Reviews
This addition to the Women of Action series tells the stories of 16 women who served as soldiers nurses spies and vivandières (hired laundresses and cooks) during the Civil War. Among the women first time author Cordell introduces are Maria Lewis a slave who disguised herself as a white man and joined a cavalry; Susie King Taylor an educated black woman who taught the black soldiers of the First South regiment how to read and write as well as tended to their wounds; and Loreta Janeta Velazquez whose life (under numerous aliases) as a mustachioed soldier spy and thief reads like a picaresque narrative. Cordell provides both a general understanding of the varied roles of women at the time and how the individuals she profiles (photographs of whom appear throughout) relied on their ingenuity bravery and integrity to survive and even thrive during a turbulent chapter in American history. Source notes and suggestions for supplemental reading are provided. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
At the outbreak of the Civil War, nearly everybody was caught up in patriotic fervor men and women, Union and Confederate. Many women supported soldiers through knitting and sewing needed items, growing food, making bandages, gathering medical supplies, and more. But others wished they could be closer to the fight. These women defied society s expectations and bravely chose to take on more dangerous, unconventional roles.Courageous Women of the Civil War reveals the exploits of 16 of these remarkable women who served as medics, spies, battlefield helpers, and even soldiers on the front lines.
Meet fascinating figures such as Maria Lewis, a former slave who fought with the Union cavalry as it swept through Virginia. Disguised as a white male soldier, she put the fear of Hell into Confederate enemies. Kady Brownell supported her husband s Rhode Island regiment as a vivandiere, training with the soldiers, fighting in battle, and helping the injured. Mary Carroll, a Missouri rebel, forged a copy of a jail cell key to break her brother out before his scheduled execution.
These and other little-known stories are told through gripping narrative, primary source documents, and contextualizing sidebars. Civil War history is woven throughout, offering readers a clear overview of the era and the war. Also including numerous historic photos, source notes, and a bibliography, Courageous Women of the Civil War is an invaluable resource for any student s or history buff s bookshelf."