Essay Women 's Role During The Civil War

1500 Words Nov 12th, 2014 6 Pages
The American Civil War is an event in American history that is looked back on with regret. Regret that our country had to go through such a terrible time when brother killed brother, and father killed son. When most look back on the American Civil war, they might think of the men, maybe Abraham Lincoln, maybe the slaves, but do women come to the mind of most when thinking about the American Civil War? Women played a great role during the Civil War. Some women were spies, like Isabelle Boyd and Elizabeth Van Lew; many were nurses, like Clara Barton; some were even soldiers in disguise, like Sarah Edmonds; there were also women who didn’t have a direct role in the war, but had effort in supporting the soldiers. Women had very significant roles during the American Civil War, like nurses, spies, and soldiers. Many women served as nurses, on both the Union and Confederate sides, during the American Civil War. According to Villahermosa, “More than ten thousand women served as nurses and hospital administrators during the American Civil War, including African Americans” (Villahermosa). One of the administrators was Dorothea Dix, Villahermosa says that, “Soon after the war began, the secretary of war appointed Dorothea Lynde Dix as superintendent of women nurses for the Union army. During the war she oversaw the work of six thousand women” (Villahermosa). One of the nurses that Dorothea Dix looked after was Clara Barton. It was written in “Clara Barton” that, “Clara Barton served…

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