Frances Louisa Clayton enlisted in a Minnesota regiment as Francis Clalin, presumably to be with her husband. She served under General Rosecrans in Tennessee. Her true identify was discovered when she was wounded and she was discharged in 1863. She was on a train home to Nashville when the train was attacked. Robbed of her papers she decided to try again. Once back in the army she stood guard, went on picket duty, and fought in the field with the rest of her comrades.
The sesquicentennial of the Civil War is bringing a number of thematic exhibits to the National Portrait Gallery; the most recent is a selection of images of Union generals by the most famous photographer of the era, Matthew Brady.
General George Custer. Some accounts I've read portray him as a military genius. Others as a cocky, insubordinate, sometimes even rogue officer who did what he damn well pleased, regardless of "Headquarters."
Portrait of Joseph E. Tupper, 1861-1863. Clarkston. Enlisted in company I, Tenth Infantry, as Sergeant, Dec. 29, 1861, at Flint, for 3 years, age 23. Mustered Feb. 6, 1862. First Sergeant. Sergeant Major March 31, 1863. Commissioned Major, Seventeenth U.S. Colored Troops, Nov. 9, 1863. (Descriptive Roll Tenth Michigan Volunteers).