Unidentified Soldier of Company B, 86th New York Regiment in Uniform, Slouch Cap, and 3rd Corps Badge Next to Unidentified Woman

Women served patriotically in the Civil War and in the wartime effort sometimes receiving little or no praise.

Spies
Women served as spies for both the Confederate and Union armies. Some of these spies gathered information by flirting with male soldiers during social gatherings and eavesdropping as they discussed important war information.

Nurses
About 2,000 to 5,000 women served as nurses on both sides of the Civil War.

War Relief Workers
War relief efforts consisted of sewing circles or meetings where women made clothing and gathered hospital supplies, food, bedding and delivered them to local military encampments and hospitals

Secret Soldiers
Hundreds of women served as secret soldiers for the Confederate and Union armies. Although it was forbidden for women to serve in the military at the time, these women wore male disguises, used masculine names and were often only discovered by accident when being treated for injuries

Photo: Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

DeAnne Blanton, Women Soldiers of the Civil War , National Archives/ Jim Garamone, Civil War Spies: Good Intell Knows No Gender, U.S. Department of Defense/, Yahoo! Contributor Network

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