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Overview Former slave Harriet Tubman, surgeon Mary Walker, and spy Belle Boyd, the "siren of the Shenandoah, " are among the fascinating women profiled in this informative history by the author of "Civil War Curiosities" and "Friendly Fire in the Civil War." Illustrations.
The Civil War is most often described as one in which brother fought against brother. But the most devastating war fought on American soil was also one in which women demonstrated heroic deeds, selfless acts, and courage beyond measure. Women mobilized soup kitchens and relief societies. Women cared for wounded soldiers. Women were effective spies. And it is estimated that 300 women fought on the battlefields, usually disguised as men. The most fascinating Civil War women include:
Harriet Tubman, a former slave, who led hundreds of fellow slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad
Four hundred women who were seized in Roswell, Georgia, deported to Indiana, and vanished without a trace
Belle Boyd, the "Siren of the Shenandoah," who at the age of seventeen killed a Union soldier
"Crazy" Elizabeth Van Lew, who deliberately fostered the impression that she was eccentric so that she could be an effective spy for the North
"The poor fellow sprang from my hands and fell back quivering in the agonies of death. A bullet had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through my sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder." ―Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross
"We were all amused and disgusted at the sight of a thing that nothing but the debased and depraved Yankee nation could produce. A woman] was dressed in the full uniform of a Federal surgeon. She was not good looking, and of course had tongue enough for a regiment of men." ―Captain Benedict J. Semmes, describing Mary Walker, M.D.
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Ingram Advance - 10/01/1999 page 155
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.34" Width: 5.67" Height: 0.76" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1558537910 ISBN13 9781558537910 UPC 031869007916
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More About Webb Garrison
Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including "Civil War Curiosities" and "Civil War Trivia and Fact Book". Before his death in 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Amazing Women of the Civil War: Fascinating True Stories of Women Who Made a Difference?
Horrible Apr 17, 2003
This book gave too many unwanted details and needed to cover the women in general. I do like interesting facts every once in while, but these facts weren't even interesting. It was also poorly written. I would not recommend this book to anyone!
A Disappointing Read Nov 25, 2002
I am a graduate student in American History with a focus on women and their roles in the Civil War. As such I was pleased to find Garrison's Amazing Women. However, once I started reading the book I was extremely disappointed. One of the first things I noticed was the lack of citations and a bibliography. Garrison neglects to credit anyone with the information he gathered for this particular work except to say that you can find alot of information on the internet. And while I understand Garrison's intended audience to be the general public where footnotes are found to be annoying, a bibliography would surely be helpful to anyone interested in learning more about these women. Furthermore, Garrison displays an attitude throughout the work that some of the acts and actions credited to women must surely be exaggerated. What I found to be particularly annoying with the work was the attention given to the men that were spouses to the women chosen for the work. If the book is about women, write about the women. To make matters worse, Garrison also includes among his Amazing Women a man that cross-dresses. This information is irrelevant to the subject. The only positive thing I can say about Amazing Women is that Garrison provides a nice list of women who played important and diverse roles during the war. So, if you are looking for research, this book is a huge disappointment. But if you are looking for a quick read where all the information is assumed to be correct, without providing any proof then this is your book. However, if you are truly interested in learning about women's roles in the Civil War I would suggest Mary Elizabeth Massey's Women in the Civil War (University of Nebraska Press, 1966) or Elizabeth D. Leonard's All the Daring of the Soldier (Penguin Books, 1999).
Very good historical piece!! Very enjoyable!! Sep 18, 2001
This was really good. It's about various women that helped shape the Civil War, whether by being Spies, Soldiers, Journalists, Angels of Mercy, or whatever. You'll be surprised how far some of these women went for their cause, and how much they accomplished in that time frame that provided them with so little independent resources. This book is a good introduction into these women, that may trigger your interest to learn more about them. I wish it provided even more information on these people, but basically it seemed to be a book to introduce you to these women and tell of their actions, then go locate more information about them.
Enlightening Apr 3, 2000
This book did an excellent job on describing the roles in which women took part in during the Civil War. Webb Garrison did an excellent job choosing women to write about. Both Southern and Northern women were talked about, showing readers that these women were not as different as they had thought they were.