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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.

  • Ancestry Official

    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.

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    Kady Brownell was one of several women who enlisted with their husbands in the Civil War. She joined the 1st Rhode Island Infantry Volunteers the day after Fort Sumter fell, and fought alongside her husband in several battles, including the first Battle of Bull Run. Robert was wounded in the battle at New Bern, North Carolina, and the Brownells were transferred to New York while he recuperated. They 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

On May 1st, 1863, Solomon Conn bought a violin in Nashville, Tennessee. By the end of his years as an infantryman in Company B of the 87th Indiana Volunteers, he’d re-purposed it into a diary, inscribing its wood with a list of his travels. as B Company moved across the South, fighting in the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864 and joining in Sherman’s March to the Sea, “There are roughly 30 battles on here. ”

45th New York Volunteer Infantry 1863 by artist Don Troiani

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

Worn by Pvt. Jediah K. Burnham, who joined the Keystone Zouaves, Company A of the 76th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in 1863.

Civil War Battle Flag of the 7th Pennsylvania Reserves (36th PA Volunteers)

Francis Edwin Brownell (1840 – March 15, 1894) was a soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor for killing James W. Jackson, after he shot Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, colonel of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Brownell's actions marked the first action in the American Civil War to merit the award.

Corporal Henry D. Myers, Company D, 20th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Union Army, During the United States Civil War by The Nite Tripper, via Flickr

CHARLESWORTH, J.S.P GUNSHOT WOUND OF THE ILIUM. COL 25th OHIO VOLUNTEERS Battle of CROSS KEYS, VA 1862 CSee also P 175 & 1248 BOUND IN AMM, VOL. 13. SEE REPORT OF A.H. HERVETSON. PUB. IN VOICES OF THE CIVIL WAR: SHENANDOAH 1862

EXCISION OF THREE AND ONE HALF INCHES OF SHAFT OF HUMERUS. TUCKER, WILLIAM, [E, 049 OHIO VOLUNTEERS]. Wounded at Battle of Stone River, TN. Treated by Dr. Reed Bontecou, Harewood Hospital, Washington, DC