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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.
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...