Essay about Roles of Important Women During the Civil War

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Women played an important role during the American Civil War but it wasn't until 100 years afterwards that they received recognition. Even today history books skip over the important roles women had during the Civil War. Wives, mothers, daughters, and grandmothers impacted the War both at home and on the battlefield. Their lives changed in many ways with the onset of the Civil War. Women took on many different roles that helped their side during the Civil War. Born on December 25, 1821, in Oxford, Massachusetts, Clarissa Harlow Barton was educated at home and began teaching at the age of 15 ( Pryor). Her most notable antebellum achievement was the establishment of a free public school in Bordentown, N.J. Though she is remembered as …show more content…
From that time until the onset of the Civil War, Tubman traveled to the South about 18 times and helped close to 300 slaves escape. Tubman was never caught and never lost a slave to the Southern militia, and as her reputation grew, so too did the desire among Southerners to put a stop to her activities; rewards for her capture once totaled about $40,000. During the Civil War, Tubman served as a nurse, scout, and sometime-spy for the Union army, mainly in South Carolina. She also took part in a military campaign that resulted in the rescue of 756 slaves and destroyed millions of dollars' worth of enemy property. After the war, Tubman returned to Auburn and continued her involvement in social issues, including the women's rights movement. In 1908, she established a home in Auburn for elderly and indigent blacks that later became known as the Harriet Tubman Home. She died on March 10, 1913, at the approximate age of 93. Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Sarah was the 5th daughter of Isaac and Elisabeth Leeper Edmondson. Her father, who had hoped for a large family of sons to help him farm his land, was bitterly disappointed with all of his female progeny. She tried very hard to be the boy her father wanted, abandoning female attire and becoming an expert equestrian and noted marksman, but she never won the approval of or even a kind word from her father. On May 25, 1861 Private Franklin Thompson aka Sarah Emma Edmonds

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