Conventional wisdom tells us the role women played during the Civil War was that they patiently waited to eagerly tend to the physical and psychological needs of their husbands, brothers and fathers as they returned home from war. This notion, while true for some women, was not the reality for many. In her book, "All the Daring of the Soldier," Dr. Elizabeth Leonard, Professor of History at Colby College, debunks the myth that women, African-American and white, did not contribute directly to the war effort. Like their male counterparts, these women sacrificed family life and risked their lives for the Confederacy and Union alike. Not only were they nurses, but many fought in battle and served as spies. Moreover, many women, like the men besides them, just wanted the thrill and adventure war offered.
Join Dr. Leonard as she talks about these women and shines a light on one of the Civil War's best-kept secrets. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
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