The Forgotten Women of The American Civil War
Women on both sides of the American Civil War took on ‘Secret Identities’ and changed their Appearances to Fight alongside male soldiers in America’s Bloodiest Battles for what it was ‘Worth’.
Taking on these identities gave these ‘countless’ women freedom they usually would never enjoy. Women’s Suffrage, still well over fifty years away, these women could manage a male monthly income with freedom only a male soldier could enjoy. These identities these women took on, kept up long after the war was over, and some even kept their male identities until the day they died and still made impacts to their very cause.
One strong motivation for this new male soldier role-play was brand new Adventures never allowed enjoyed before, although primarily their deep personal reasons were simply money they never experienced.
Average soldier income was $13 a month, this was far more than any woman could earn in the real world at this time.
Knowledge of this among many male soldiers was common and wasn’t a very well kept secret. For many years after the war there have been many articles and letters written on their secret identities and their incredible wartime experiences.
The United States of America Army of 1909 officially denied ALL knowledge of such ‘Unearthly Facts’.