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Seeing a woman in the midst of the hotly contested Civil War battlefield of Spotsylvania surprised the veteran officer of the 8th Ohio Infantry Regiment! Seeing her in uniform - a Zouave uniform at that - astonished him all the more. She was the famous Vivandiere, Marie Tepe, who served with in the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Is there a woman in your family tree who fought in the Civil War? Kady Brownell enlisted w/ her husband in the 1st RI Infantry Volunteers the day after Fort Sumter fell. She fought openly alongside her husband in several battles. At the end of a 3-month enlistment, Kady and her husband re-enlisted in the 5th RI Infantry. Robert was wounded in the battle at New Bern, NC, and the Brownells were transferred to NY where Robert recuperated. Both were discharged winter of 1863.

ornamentedbeing: Vivandieres have an interesting role in the American Civil War. These brave women traveled with soldiers as mascots or nurses; there are even cases where they fought alongside their male counterparts. A vivandiere could provide creature comforts to the soldiers. Officially during the Civil War, the term Vivandiere is usually applied only to women who served with Zouaves. The term “Vivandiere”, is derived from a mixture of French and Latin, which literally means…

from The Daily Beast

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