I'll Pass for Your Comrade

Women Soldiers in the Civil War

By Silvey, Anita

Publishers Summary:
The Civil War has been studied, written about, even sun about for generations. Most people know that it was a conflict between North and South, Unionists and rebels, blue and gray. We recognize the names of Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee. Many people know about Clara Barton, the nurse who did so much to save soldiers' lives. But few have heard of Sarah Emma Edmonds, Rosetta Wakeman, or Mary Galloway. They were among the hundreds of women who assumed male identities, put on uniforms, enlisted in the Union or Confederate Army, and went into battle alongside their male comrades. In this compelling book, Anita Silvey explores the fascinating secret world of women soldiers: who they were, why they went to war, how they managed their masquerade. A few left memoirs, diaries, or letters. Newspaper stories, pension records, and regimental accounts yielded additional information, as did the writings of male soldiers who became aware of the women in the ranks. Undoubtedly, there were women soldiers whose true identity was never discovered or revealed. Accessible, accurate, and engaging, I'll Pass for Your Comrade invites readers to view the Civil War from an uncommon perspective and explores an often overlooked aspect of our history.

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ISBN
978-0-61857-491-9
Publisher
Clarion


REVIEWS

School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2008

Gr 5-8 Women's history continues to be a burgeoning field, especially the study of women who fought in the Civil War. Silvey offers insights into the soldiers' daily lives in hospitals and prisons and on the battlefields, including Antietam and Bull Run. Interjected into this brief survey are the stories of the women, some of whom joined the military, both Union and Confederate, to follow their husbands or sweethearts, and others who were passionate about the cause...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Female Civil War soldiers (disguised as men) weren't as rare as the history books might have you think. Former Horn Book editor Silvey's first book for young people explores this little-known chapter of history with numerous primary source references and thought-provoking commentary. Why did these women fight? How did they pass as men? How did they hold up to the daily life of a soldier...and the heat of the battlefield? And how did the...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2009

Why did women, disguised as men, fight in the Civil War? How did they pass? And how did these remarkable women transition back into civi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on December 1, 2008

In I'll Pass for Your Comrade, Anita Silvey delivers first-person accounts to describe one of the most overlooked aspects of the Civil War: women disguised as men in order to serve as soldiers. By using specific examples of women from both the North and the South, Silvey explains the reasons women wanted to join men in war and the ways in which they were able to succeed in their well-founded deception. The book highlights the irony that, in a certain sense, gender stereotypes made it easier for w...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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