Date of Award

5-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Advisor

Allison Wright

First Reader

Jamie Spiller

Second Reader

n/a

Abstract

It has been estimated that approximately 400 women disguised themselves as men and fought as soldiers in the Civil War. Using newspaper articles from the midnineteenth century, this essay tells the story of these soldiers and demonstrates how wartime public knowledge of them was widespread and that they were regarded positively considering the strict gender boundaries that they crossed. It also argues that the estimate of the number of female soldiers should be much higher than previous historians have reported.

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