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They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War Paperback – September 9, 2003
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Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Detailed and convincing” –Smithsonian Magazine
“A compelling book that belongs in every Civil War library.” --Publishers Weekly
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Clearly, one must ask why women chose to fight. The authors devote a lot of attention to this important question. Many women took up arms in order to remain close to a loved one, be it a husband, fiancé, father, or brother; many fought for truly patriotic reasons, fuelled by the same motivations as men to defend their land and way of life. Some fought for economic reasons, knowing they could earn much more money as a soldier than they ever could as females at home; some loved the independence and removal of Victorian restrictions that a soldier's life offered them.Read more ›
The authors of "They Fought Like Demons" DeAnne Blanton, a military archivist, and Lauren Cook, of Fayetville State University spent more than a decade in researching primary sources to recreate the role of women as Civil War combatants. Their book tells us something about roughly 250 women soldiers, who fought either for the Union or the Confederacy.
The book spends a great deal of space on the motivations that caused women to disguise their sex and enlist. It finds that patriotism and devotion to their respective cause was the chief motive, as it was with men; but also finds that in many cases women enlisted to be with a male loved one, whether husband, lover, father, or brother. This latter motivation seemed important in the accounts and it seems to me different from the motivation of most male combatants.
The book gives good detail on women soldiers and, in the process, of Civil War military life. It describes how many women managed to avoid detection (of course, many were unsuccessful in so doing, particularly if they were wounded), the strength with which they fought, how they were regarded by their peers, both when they were assumed to be men and following the discovery that they were women, how women were treated as prisoners of war, in hospitals, and the extent of female casualties in the war.Read more ›
Thank goodness there are folks that care enough to study and tell HERstory as well as history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are some interesting facts in this book. But it is a difficult read, it's hard to read for a long time. It is not a "page turner". Read morePublished 1 month ago by StephenX
Very boring. It's hard to follow each soldiers story because they jump from soldier to soldier, creating chapters from each similar situation the soldiers faced. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Larkin
This is a breathtaking book with a wealth of research. Probably the best book on the subject. DeAnne Blanton is a senior military archivist specializing in 19th century military... Read morePublished 10 months ago by G'ma
I read an article about a woman who dressed up like a man during the war and stayed in character afterwards to collect pensions or whatever but was discovered because she was run... Read morePublished 10 months ago by avidreader
Interesting subject and an OK read, but basically a scholarly book filled with facts. Not as attention-holding as I thought it might be, but I did gain a lot of info on a subject I... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cheryl S
Great book. Most books have only a partial amount of information I want to read about, but this one continues with more and more information.Published 15 months ago by Pat
this was very interesting due to did not know this. they dont teach this in historyPublished 21 months ago by CARYN FRITSCHLE