They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War

They Fought Like Demons Women Soldiers in the Civil War Albert Cashier served three years in the Union Army and passed successfully as a man until when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers Frances Clayton kept fighting eve

  • Title: They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War
  • Author: DeAnne Blanton Lauren M. Cook
  • ISBN: 9781400033157
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War

    Albert Cashier served three years in the Union Army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro And than one soldier astonished his comrades in arms by giving birth in camp.This Albert Cashier served three years in the Union Army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro And than one soldier astonished his comrades in arms by giving birth in camp.This lively and authoritative book opens a hitherto neglected chapter of Civil War history, telling the stories of hundreds of women who adopted male disguise and fought as soldiers It explores their reasons for enlisting their experiences in combat, and the way they were seen by their fellow soldiers and the American public Impeccably researched and narrated with verve and wit, They Fought Like Demons is a major addition to our understanding of the Civil War era.

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    One thought on “They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War

    1. El

      I've seen a few Civil War reenactments over the years, I've gone to several battlefields and forts in different states and I've toured homes still bearing the marks of the war - bullet holes in the doorways, MiniƩ balls lodged in trees. I've heard the stories of soldiers' gallantry, young boys who lied about their ages so they could aim their weapon at the other side, families torn apart by the politics that didn't quite have so much to do with slavery as it is taught in schools. I've watched G [...]

    2. Straw

      This one kills mee research is amazing and impeccably done. And honestly the information is so fragmentary I don't know how you can get a fluid story going. That being said, it just becomes a series of facts thrown at you and supposedly sealed together by larger themes. I appreciate the information but almost would have preferred chapters to approach each woman independently rather than lumping them together under themes.

    3. Gwen

      Very interesting, but I'd have liked it better if each woman's story had been kept together. The same names kept appearing in different chapters, but because the information was separated in that way, it wasn't easy trying to keep a clear picture of what was happening to each of them. The authors' point could have been made with more impact if it had been presented in a more readable style.

    4. Lisa Potocar

      Anyone interested in thorough research done on women soldiers during the American Civil War? Look no further. This is an amazing and highly interesting thesis. It's definitely one of a kind.

    5. Claire

      The subject of women warriors throughout history is often overlooked by present-day scholars; at best, it is acknowledged with a nod to Joan of Ark, and, if one studies the American War for Independence, Molly Pitcher. The topic of female soldiers in the American Civil War, which is often termed the last "old-fashioned war," is notable not only because the conflict occurred more than half a century before women's suffrage in the U.S but also because we have documented proof of women's service in [...]

    6. K8

      I read the first 50 pages of this book and gave up. I love Civil War history- and specifically I love women's history during the Civil War era. Drew Gilpin Faust's book, Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, is one of my favorite books of all time. This book, on the other hand, somehow made a fascinating topic utterly boring. It was not good story-telling. The first two chapters (the only two I could stomach before I gave up) simply listed things. For e [...]

    7. Christina

      This book provides an amazing account of the collective female participation in the Civil War, including insight into the conditions of enlistment that enabled women to cross-dress successfully and earn better wages than the 19th century would allow. My only complaint (and this happened often enough for me to rate it with four stars instead of five) is that the transitions between topics are monotonous and weakened by repetitive language. For example, so-and-so "wasn't the only" such-and-such wh [...]

    8. Amy

      The content of this book was great -- the execution, at best, was very poor. The authors could've taken a page out of David McCullough's guide to writing history: Make it at least vaguely interesting instead of a arduous listing of facts.

    9. Emily

      The authors obviously did some extensive research in putting this book together, and I learned quite a lot about how women managed to pass as men during the civil war and have even greater respect for women who had the courage to don the uniform and fight. However, there were some weaknesses and some missing information. I would have wished for a different method of organization or indexing. It was as though each chapter was an independent entity, with no crossover or acknowledgment of informati [...]

    10. Lisa

      Scholarly written text organized by themes. Must be the most comprehensive book on this topic ever written. The authors' research was exhaustive. It would be interesting to see if any contemporary letters on this subject not already known to exist are brought to light as a result of this book. I like that it focused on the women soldiers, as opposed to nurses and others, and appreciated especially the discussion of motivation. I think that we need look no further than today's modern military enr [...]

    11. Tandra

      I picked this up for a research project in high school and found it intriguing, well-written, and wonderfully in-depth. Women warriors are vastly underrepresented in historical study but Blanton and her co-author have made an excellent contribution to the canon. They use a wide variety of primary sources as their foundation, but what really makes the book is the way the authors write.Rather than just dry, basic facts like so many other history texts, the authors instead tell a story. Even if you [...]

    12. Robin Friedman

      How Women Fought In The Civil WarNeither the Union nor the Confederate Army in the Civil War authorized women to enlist or welcomed women combatants. Indeed, they were actively discouraged from the traditionally male preserve of combat. Yet a small number of women had the drive to assume male disguise and to enlist and fight. This book helps tell their story.The authors of "They Fought Like Demons" DeAnne Blanton, a military archivist, and Lauren Cook, of Fayetteville State University spent more [...]

    13. Bobsie67

      Very interesting topic. Unfortunately, the authors don't have much material in terms of primary or secondary sources to work with, so they resort to much duplication when referencing the same women soldiers in the various contexts (motivations, evading detection, jobs performed as army members, feats of bravery, etc) that they discuss. The writing sometimes has a choppy feel, especially when authors list various women soldiers to highlight a particular point. This breaks their narrative. Perhaps [...]

    14. Nyri

      This book has such potential but to me it suffers from two major flaws. First, it reads way too much like a parade of facts with little synthesis. Second, the extent to which the authors seem unwilling to accept the intersection of this topic with LGBT history is downright galling. They even go so far as to ask on p. 201 (while explaining away how all of these people were cisgender women and none of them could possibly have been lesbian or bi) "Why would a lesbian join the Army, where she would [...]

    15. Sarah

      A good resource with a major flaw that can't really be helped- there's so little in-depth information about the women who fought in the Civil War. Even with painstaking research through archives and newspaper clippings and letters, there is only fragmentary information about the majority of the women who fought on both sides, and so it gets frustrating to only learn about these slivers of information.I also wasn't a huge fan of the thematic style of the book- I would have preferred an anecdotal [...]

    16. Dylan C

      I am not generally hugely into military history, but I enjoyed this book. I could see it being a great starting point for further research on the subject, because most of what it does is list names and events and dates. Not much of a narrative, not many opinions about the war or it's reasons itself. Where the record is lacking, the book is honest. For example, almost very few former slave female slaves come up, but not for lack of trying. It gave me enough of a taste to want to know the full sto [...]

    17. flajol

      I started this after my interest was piqued by I Shall Be Near to You. I wanted to find out more about the women who disguised themselves as men and went to war. Whilst They Fought Like Demons is meticulously researched, it's quite a dry read, and not what I was looking for. I'm more interested in the human stories behind these women, rather than a catalogue of facts and figures. However, with so little known about many of the women referred to in this book, I'm not sure how it could be anything [...]

    18. Amanda

      They Fought Like Demons enlightens us to a rarely spoken about part of history. Women served in the Civil War, mainly disguised as men. Their reasons for doing so were varied, ranging from patriotism to staying with their sweethearts to escaping abusive situations. Before this book I had never heard about or really even considered women serving in this war. I learned so much and found this book interesting. I'm not a huge history buff, especially when it comes to learning about wars. Even so, Th [...]

    19. Alice

      Before I heard of this book, I hadn't realized there was any official record of women soldiers throughout history. This went a long way toward filling in my knowledge about the phenomenon during the American Civil War. The book even explains why it fell out of general knowledge. Altogether, though, it's more of a starting-off point than a comprehensive look.They Fought Like Demons covers several aspects of women soldiers: the why, the how, the discovery, and what their male counterparts, the pre [...]

    20. Christian D.Orr

      Those of us who are either currently serving in the military or are recent veterans of the US Armed Forces (I fall in the latter category) are quite accustomed to seeing female colleagues in the military--for any of us who've served in the post-Vietnam area, female troops are nothing out of the ordinary (with the exception of certain Combat Arms career fields such as the Infantry). And in this day and age of thorough physical examinations at the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) as wel [...]

    21. onwardandbookward

      We have all heard the stories of the brave Civil War women who served as nurses and spies, but "They Fought Like Demons" reveals to us the previously neglected female soldiers. Though at the time their country did not offer them the same privileges as their male counterparts, more women than we know felt the call of patriotism and donned a military uniform.I greatly enjoyed reading this book and it was evident that incredibly thorough research went into the writing of it. It covers the state of [...]

    22. Tracey

      I read the first half of this book last May - I had to take it back to the library before our vacation. then kind of forgot about it. I finally checked it out again this past week & finished it up. Blanton & Cook focus on the women who disguised themselves as men in order to enlist in the Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War (as opposed to those in support roles - nursing, supplies/laundry, etc). Their best estimate of the total number of women who served is about 4 [...]

    23. CJ

      This definitely reads more like an academic paper than a book, but that's okay. The authors managed to cram in an amazing amount of facts and research into a fairly small amount of space. A lot of it was fascinating, though there were sometimes SO MANY facts that it got a little hard to follow or in a few spots a bit repetitive. The only thing I found a little bit questionable was the authors' adamant denial that any of these women (even the ones who lived as men both before and after the war) w [...]

    24. Caitlin

      I liked the idea of the book. I had no pervious history of women who fought in the civil war, and was excitied to learn, however after 10 years of reserach you would have thought the authors would have done more justice to their work then to structure the book the way it was.It was structured around one main theme i.e. Why Women would go to War and then would have a couple of sentances about one women and then another and then yet another. It was hard to follow what any one paticular women did b [...]

    25. Judith

      Hundreds of women not only served during the Civil War--cut their hair, donned ill fitting uniforms, but picked up guns and fought like warriors. When masquerading as men, women could collect bounties (i.e recruitment bonus), earn pensions and vote. For some it was an escape from prostitution and others went for the romance of war--for love of country or to stand beside their loved ones (e.g fathers, brothers, fiances, husbands, etc). And if you read this far you get a bonus: During the Civil Wa [...]

    26. Laura

      Meticulously researched, this book held a lot of potential. However, it's sloppy writing, disjointed narrative, and misplaced conjecture (which is funny, because in their review of the literature, the authors criticize others who have written on the subject for misplaced suppositions, yet in their narrative, do precisely the same thing) caused what could have been a wonderful addition to the history of women soldiers in the Civil War to fall miserably short. Two stars for the exhaustive research [...]

    27. Madeline

      As a collection of primary sources, this book is invaluable. Unfortunately, the authors chose to structure it as an argument to prove a thesis, which makes it a lot dryer and harder to read. (Most of the first chapter is literally just a list of every battle female soldiers participated in, in chronological order, to make the point that there were a lot of them and they served throughout the war. I was taking notes and I still didn't appreciate having so many names and dates just dumped on me al [...]

    28. Devin Poore

      A very comprehensive collection of information and antidotes of women who passed as men to fight in the American Civil War. From a historical research point of view, it's incredibly valuable, and has information I've never found elsewhere in secondary sources. As a straight narrative it's a bit fragmented, as it splits and focuses the chapters into different aspects of the conflict (camp life, combat, reactions to those who were caught), rather than picking an individual and following their stor [...]

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