Presented by Diane Eickhoff. During the Civil War, hundreds of women cut their hair, bound their breasts, donned men's clothing, and reported for duty to Union or Confederate army recruiters. Others served as scouts and spies or rode with husbands and brothers in service. All of this occurred at a time when there was great emphasis on women's and men's separate roles. Two Kansas women stand out in this story: An unnamed woman from Elmore who fought in the Battle of Wilson's Creek and serves as an emblem of others who served in anonymity, and Emma Edmonds, the best known female soldier in the Civil War who settled in Fort Scott afterward.
This program explores how and why a fascinating group of women defied cultural norms to become soldiers.
Sponsored by: Hays Public Library
Funded project of the Kansas Humanities Council. The Kansas Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.