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Everyone knows that men were soldiers during the Civil War But how many people actually know about the women Women in the nineteenth century were beginning to liberate themselves Thus when the Civil War came along many ladies were not content to sit home and set up fund-raisers for the cause Some women took a more active romantic role during an era when action was reserved for the gentlemen The women of the Civil War are best remembered for their colorful hoop skirts tenderness at the bedside holding up the home front and sitting on the porches of illustrious plantations But some women for whatever reason joined the army to be beside their husbands and loved ones or to prove to themselves and society that women could do a mans job just as well or maybe even better and some just thought the war opportunity for excitement and travel The fact of the matter is that women contributed to the Civil War by becoming soldiers spies and spending time and e nergy healing the sick and wounded First women frustrated by their limitations in society entered into the army as soldiers Approximately 400 women tied up their hoops and pulled up pants to serve beside husbands brothers or to aid the cause Perhaps it is hard to imagine how the women soldiers successfully managed to enlist The women first picked male names it was probably really easy to enlist in the army because recruiters both Northern and Southern did not ask for proof of identity These women soldiers bound their breasts cut their hair learned how to smoke cigars and some even wore false mustaches Most recruiters looked only for visible handicaps such as deafness or poor eyesight Once in the ranks successful soldier-women probably learned to act and talk like men With loose uniforms and lack of facial hair the women could pass as young men Also Victorian men by and large were modest
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