Kady Brownell enlisted with her husband in the 1st Rhode Island Infantry Volunteers the day after Fort Sumter fell. She fought openly alongside her husband in several battles, including the first Battle of Bull Run. At the end of their 3-month enlistment, Kady and her husband re-enlisted in the 5th RI Infantry. Robert was wounded in the battle at New Bern, North Carolina, and the Brownells were transferred to New York while Robert recuperated. Both were discharged in the winter of 1863.
Annie Edson Taylor was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She is pictured with the cat she sent over the falls in the barrel a few days earlier to test its strength.
The 4th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The 4th Michigan wore a very americanized zouave uniform. This uniform consisted of a federal dark blue sack coat, dark blue chasseur trousers, tan gaiters, and a maroon zouave fez with a light blue tassle.
Audie Murphy, 06/20/1924 – 05/28/1971. This guy is my number one hero. Standing at 5'5" and weighing 110 lbs, he was refused enlistment from the Marines, Navy, and Army Paratroopers for being too short and underweight. Finally the U.S. Army enlisted him in 1942 and he began boot camp. Murphy passed out during drill and his commander tried to transfer him to cook and bakers' school, but Murphy refused and persevered through basic and advanced infantry training. His combat initiation finally…
Leaving Parkland Hospital after the death of the President, Attorney General and brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy right behind her. Several times Jackie was offered a washcloth and a change of clothes, but she said, “No. Let them see what they’ve done to Jack.”
The ladies proved as valiant as any soldier. It is estimated 2,000 to 8,000 women volunteered on both sides. The actual number is unknown, for many did not wish to be recorded. They worked for little or no pay. With no credentials, other than a compassionate heart, the volunteers assisted doctors, tried to keep the hospital clean, cared for the sick, and kept up the spirits of their patients. How many soldiers would have died, being too sick to get up to get food or water for themselves, or…
Bluford McDaniel, a Confederate Soldier in the Civil War. Captured during the Battle of Gettysburg and held prisoner for a year. Released and walked home to Alabama barefoot. Took around a year to get home.
Rare Civil War Photos Wives and children sometimes followed their husbands to war, particularly in the early period of the conflict. “(The soldiers) were in the camp, and the women and the kids were right there.
Buffalo Soldiers were members of an all-black regiment in the U.S. Army. The 10th Cavalry was formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth and was the regiment that the Indians first called "buffalo soldiers."
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.
Julia Ward Howe -wrote the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" .She was inspired by her abolitionist work . The song was popular in the union during the civil war. After being widowed she worked tirelessly for womens sufferage . She became a pacifist because of her horror at the Civil War carnage.
Lillian Moller Gilbreth. In 1915 earned a PhD in industrial psychology from Brown Univ., the first degree EVER in that field. First American engineer to combine the fields of psychology and scientific management. Partnered w/ her husband in their management consulting firm. She did volunteer work and projects for the government. All this while giving birth to and raising TWELVE children--only one of whom was born in a hospital.