Essay on Women in the Revolutionary War and The Civil War
When we hear the names, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin or George Washington, we can immediately identify these men as noble leaders and celebrated heroes who made extraordinary contributions during the fragile infancy of our country. These men and many others unselfishly risked their lives to fight for a united nation in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. However, do the names Philis Wheatley, Jenny Hodges or Sybil Ludington inspire the same recognition and admiration for their unprecedented sacrifices for the same “cause”? The answer may be “no” and, unfortunately, it would be …show more content…
Through the course of this paper and my analysis, I will first compare and briefly discuss the diverse roles of women in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Second, I will focus on the valiant acts of patriotism and heroism selflessly executed by several women and examine the impact of their actions on the war. Finally, I will discuss how each of these wars subsequently altered the ideals and roles of woman forever. Ultimately, it is from these and other post-war modifications that womankind has evolved into the version of today.
The American Revolution and American Civil War significantly affected the lives of women and thereby forcing dramatic changes in their roles during war and following war. Some roles were traditional. For example, women took on the responsibilities of managing the household and in some rural communities, also supervised the farming and plantations while the men fought on the battlefields. These women were referred to as “Deputy Husbands”. Other women took roles viewed as unconventional and scandalous for that time, such as secret soldiers and spies.
During the Revolutionary War, women served the army in active roles such as cooks, water bearers, seamstresses, and maids for troops in camp. These women maintained an almost constant presence in the camps and were