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Women of the Blue and Gray: True Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies of the Civil War Hardcover – August 7, 2018
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''Solid follow-up to Frontier Grit....the biographies zing with personality and page-turning prose....The thematic chapters cover a variety of topics, including cross-dressing women who served as soldiers, medical care, the experiences of enslaved people, and the Native American women whose home regions became war zones and whose male relatives enlisted on both sides. Entertaining and accessible book is a suitable introduction for readers beginning their foray into Civil War history.'' --Publishers Weekly
''Finally! The women of the Civil War period receive some strong attention in this excellent collection of biographical sketches. Monson hails from a literary background, and her approach to this enormously overlooked history possesses a dramatic narrative appeal that reflects her novelist expertise. By covering a wide range of the female experience, from soldiers and spies to nurses, diarists, activists, and even a military strategist, Monson succeeds impressively in her mission to consider as many wartime female perspectives as possible. The diversity of her subjects is also outstanding, with profiles of Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and Native American women. The background provided for each biographical category is also illuminating, and readers will delight in the utter absence of dull language. History-loving book clubs will find much to discuss here, and students of all ages (especially of women's history) will find it an excellent resource. Don't dismiss this as a routine resource: Women of the Blue and Gray is full of surprises.'' --Booklist
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Many of the women who doctored, nursed, spied, or fought carried on their own war after the Civil War was over and into Women's Suffrage. Many had to continuously advocate for themselves for their work and service to be recognized by the government in order to get a pension. Some who had served as doctors during the war were frowned upon because such a profession was still very much reserved for a man. There were a few successes, but many of these incredible women did not receive recognition until long after they'd passed on.
I was particularly struck by the stories of African American Women and Native American women. Although their struggles were threefold, they still achieved amazing feats.
If you're interested in the American Civil War, or even if you have a casual curiosity, Women of the Blue and Gray is a fairly short, informative, and fascinating read. Monson also writes in an easily accessible and vivid way. There is so much to learn and be inspired by.
Some of the chapters you will find in this book are:
The Beardless Brigade:Civil War Soldiers
Tales of Smuggling, Espionage, and General Subterfuge
Voices From Slavery
Dr. Mary Walker: Civil War Surgeon and Activist
Anna Ella Carroll:Military Strategist and Political Advisor
The wonderful thing about this book is that women of many races are represented: black, white, and Native American. It shows the courage of women from all facets of life, rich or poor, slave or free and also immigrants. The stories are so inspiring and make you realize how much women truly contributed to the success, especially the North, in keeping our nation together.
I highly recommend this book to historians, teachers, and those that love reading of brave historical people who changed lives others along the way. This book with it's true stories, speeches, actual letters and photographs will help you see the Civil War and it's women in a new light.