They Fought Like Demons

They Fought Like Demons

Women Soldiers in the American Civil War

Book - 2003
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"Albert Cashier" served three years in the Union Army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers. Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro. And more than one soldier astonished "his" comrades-in-arms by giving birth in camp.

This lively and authoritative book opens a hitherto neglected chapter of Civil War history, telling the stories of hundreds of women who adopted male disguise and fought as soldiers. It explores their reasons for enlisting; their experiences in combat, and the way they were seen by their fellow soldiers and the American public. Impeccably researched and narrated with verve and wit, They Fought Like Demons is a major addition to our understanding of the Civil War era.
Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2003.
Edition: First Vintage Civil War library edition
ISBN: 9781400033157
Branch Call Number: 973.708 BLANTON
Characteristics: xiii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cook, Lauren M.


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Jun 29, 2017

This book blew my mind. Who knew women fought as soldiers in the Civil War both as Yankees and Confederates? No history class I ever took talked about it. Having read this book, it all makes sense. This well researched book explains the myriad of reasons why women fought in that war, what they did, how they did it, why we didn't know much about them. These women were undoubtedly brave and determined. The authors used first hand sources in writing this little known, amazing history. A must read for anyone interested in women's history, the Civil War, and U.S. History.


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