Nurse and Spy in the Union Army: Comprising the Adventures and Experiences of a Woman in Hospitals, Camps, and Battlefields

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From an early age, Sarah Edmonds longed for high adventure. During the Civil War, she permitted her wanderlust and daring to come to the fore, and leveraged it to assist the Union Army in their fight against the Confederacy. Dressing as a man (Franklin Flint Thompson), Edmonds was admitted into the 2nd Michigan Infantry, where she nobly served her country as a field nurse. Edmonds took her feats of daring, cunning, and skill further – on a number of occasions – when she imposed herself into enemy positions and territories. She did so in various roles, disguises, and personas, in an effort to learn all she could about the Confederacy’s impending actions. Written from a singularly unique perspective, this book almost seems a work of fiction, rather than a genuine accounting of the wartime life and exploits of a truly amazing and heroic woman.

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