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Interesting capsule biographies aside, the strength of this book lies in Leonard's historical analysis. While many historians (and most Civil War novelists) have assumed that women went to war because they were motivated by love--either of men or their country--Leonard is quick to point out that whereas many women did follow the men they loved, and that others were sincere patriots, many others were motivated by economic need or even the desire for adventure and a wider range of opportunity than 19th-century society allowed them. Leonard's thorough research in archives and memoirs adds great detail to these women's stories and makes All the Daring of the Soldier an excellent addition to both the scholarly and general literature on the Civil War. --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As this book proves, however, that is not the case.
Various mentions of women in the American Revolution seem off-topic, with not much to show how they connect causally with the Civil War.
I'm glad I found this, but I know most of this won't stick with me long, and I'll likely not be going back for a second read.
Lots of little tidbits here for the Civil War buff, much of it not covered anywhere else that I'm aware of. Read morePublished 17 months ago by RL
Women soldiers, vivandieres, nurses and so on of the Civil War. More detailed than Hall's book, but still not a really scholarly text. Read morePublished on December 13, 2002 by K. Freeman