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  • Kathryn Bastas

    The American Civil War illustrates how gender roles can be transformed when circumstances demand that women be allowed to enter into previously male-dominated positions of power and independence. This was the first time in American history that women played a significant role in a war effort, and by the end of the war the notion of true womanhood had been redefined.

  • Marie Cuevas

    *WOMAN in the CIVIL WAR ~ 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.

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Kady Brownell ~ one of 250 women who fought in the Civil War. When the Civil War began, Brownell’s soon-to-be husband, Robert Brownell, enlisted in the 1st Rhode Island Infantry; Brownell was determined to join him. Rhode Island Governor William Sprague accepted her into his unit.

Civil War CDV, 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry by hoosiermarine, via Flickr

MILLER, B.F. GUNSHOT WOUND OF LEFT SIDE. Company C, 1st Rhode Island CAVALRY

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Kady Brownell (1842 – January 14, 1915) was a vivandière who helped the Union army during the American Civil War. She went with her husband when he joined a Rhode Island regiment. Kady trained with the soldiers. She fought in battle and helped the injured. At the First Battle of Bull Run, she held the flag high even as Confederate bullets were flying

A poem titled "Daughter of the Regiment," by Clinton Scollard (1860-1932), celebrated in verse Kady Brownell's service with the 5th Rhode Island Infantry. Read it here: olivercromwellcas...

Robley Evans After the Battle of Fort Fisher 1865 by Piedmont Fossil, via Flickr

Kady Brownell "The Daughter of the Regiment", Color Bearer 1st Rhode Island Infantry, during the American Civil War, circa 1865

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RECOVERY AFTER A PERFORATING GUNSHOT WOUND OF THE ABDOMEN PRODUCING ARTIFICIAL ANUS. DEICHLER, G.P. LT Company I 69th PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS Dr. SEARLE, CHARLES A. Battle of HATCHER'S RUN, VA, MARCH 1865