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I'll Pass For Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War Hardcover – December 29, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (December 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618574913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618574919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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 and wanted to defend their homeland. Still others wanted adventure or wished to escape from poverty. Lieutenant Harry T. Buford was, in fact, Loreta Janeta Velazquez and served as a Confederate officer at the First Battle of Bull Run. Sarah Emma Edmonds, born in Canada, left a harsh farm life and enlisted in the Michigan Volunteers. Jennie Hodgers served for three years as a member of an Illinois infantry unit and continued to live as a man for the next 40 years. Her true identify was not discovered until her death in 1911; nonetheless she was buried with full military honors. These are a few of the intriguing stories told in this well-researched book. Another highlight of the book is the use of archival photographs and reproductions. This title can serve as a springboard for further reading and inspire exploration of primary accounts.—Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL
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While previous books for young people have profiled women who served as nurses and spies during the Civil War, this one spotlights Union and Confederate women who fought on the battlefields. Why these women fought; what their lives were like; how they hid their identities; how they fared in hospitals, in prisons, and in two significant battles; and what they did after the war ended are all topics that are covered. Readers will appreciate attention to mundane questions such as how women with so little privacy dealt with menstruation. Throughout the book, Silvey shows that though the women discussed all fought in the same war, their backgrounds, motivations, and experiences varied widely. Period photos, prints, drawings, and documents are among the many illustrations. Back matter includes source notes and a list of books, articles, and archival materials. Well researched and clearly written, this attractive book illuminates an aspect of the Civil War that is often overlooked. Grades 6-9. --Carolyn Phelan

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It wasn't uncommon for women to want to join the ranks of either the Union or the Confederate armies during the Civil War. In fact it was much more common that many would suspect. Literally hundreds of women joined the ranks. Some were spies, some became nurses, many helped with the laundry while others even disguised themselves as men to join the ranks of the fighting men at the front. Still others like Julianna Parker Monroe were so anxious to join their husbands they actually left their children behind!

One very unusual woman, Malinda Blalock, who called herself Sam, fought for both the Union and the Confederacy. It wasn't all that difficult for many women to actually enlist because the physical was brief and they were not required to disrobe. Others just skipped the whole process, found a uniform and showed up for battle. It was more difficult to find a private moment to go to the bathroom undetected than it was to fight!

Illness was also one way many women could be discovered and one woman, Sarah Emma Edmonds, contracted malaria. Private Franklin Thompson, as she was known, did not want to risk discovery and fled. She didn't want to be a known deserter, but she had no alternative. "I would rather have been shot dead than to have been known to be a woman and sent away from the army."

This fascinating page turner is very well done and thoroughly researched. There is a wealth of Civil War photographs, not only of the women, but also related items such as engravings, battle scenes and one of Jennnie Hodgers's (Albert D. J. Cashier) tombstone with her military history engraved upon it. A solid appendix is included. This is a quality book that can easily find a home in a variety of settings from the classroom, the library to the homeschool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book, though good, really didn't live up to my expectations. Granted there isn't a lot of information out there about these ladies, but I think it could have been "filled out" more, and made them more real. I wouldn't really recommend for someone looking to reasearch the subject, but, as a general read it's okay.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RB on December 28, 2012
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Perhaps good for children in the third grade, but not worthwhile for adults. For people interested in the role of women in the American Civil War, there are great books out there, including one with a good discussion of the woman on the cover of this book. This book went to Goodwill immediately.
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By Ray F. Kemner on July 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Good Job, just what I wanted
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