What was the role of women in the civil war?
Most women remained at home, caring for children and family, and
running the family home. Some women were able to keep businesses
running. Most typically, women were part of a Sanitary Commission
or church group, and worked to provide bandages, quilts, bedding,
and hospital supplies for soldiers and hospitals. Some women
dressed as men and joined the Army, but it is impossible to tell
how many because they didn't want to be exposed.
Jennie Hodgers / Albert Cashier is a famous case. She enlisted
in the US Army, fought the entire war, and then continued to live
as a man for the rest of her life, even collecting a soldier's