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What was the role of women in the civil war?

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2013-05-02 22:14:07

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


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