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I’LL PASS FOR YOUR COMRADE by Anita Silvey

I’LL PASS FOR YOUR COMRADE

Women Soldiers in the Civil War

By Anita Silvey

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Dec. 29th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-618-57491-9
Publisher: Clarion

Silvey carefully documents a little-known side to the Civil War: the hundreds of women who fought for both sides. Some worked in traditional positions such as camp laundress and only picked up arms when unexpectedly under fire, but this narrative focuses on women who posed as men in order to fight. Some did so to remain with a beloved husband or brother, but others sought glory, excitement or simply the chance to make money. The large number of boys in the armies made it relatively easy for women to “pass.” Many fought well; some died in battle. A few even received pensions in their old age. Beginning with Bull Run, the neatly organized text explores the reasons for enlisting, how the women went about it, life as a soldier, Antietam, hospitals and prisons and, finally, what happened to them afterward. Folding in quotations from a wealth of primary sources and punctuated by period illustrations and photographs, the narrative takes readers to the battlefields for an immediate experience of combat. A valuable resource. (author’s note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)