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They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War (original: 2002; edição: 2003)

de De Anne Blanton (Autor)

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Popular images of women during the American Civil War include self-sacrificing nurses, romantic spies, and brave ladies maintaining hearth and home in the absence of their men. However, as DeAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook show in their remarkable new study, that conventional picture does not tell the entire story. Hundreds of women assumed male aliases, disguised themselves in men?s uniforms, and charged into battle as Union and Confederate soldiers?facing down not only the guns of the adversary but also the gender prejudices of society. They Fought Like Demons is the first book to fully explore and explain these women, their experiences as combatants, and the controversial issues surrounding their military service. Relying on more than a decade of research in primary sources, Blanton and Cook document over 240 women in uniform and find that their reasons for fighting mirrored those of men?-patriotism, honor, heritage, and a desire for excitement. Some enlisted to remain with husbands or brothers, while others had dressed as men before the war. Some so enjoyed being freed from traditional women?s roles that they continued their masquerade well after 1865. The authors describe how Yankee and Rebel women soldiers eluded detection, some for many years, and even merited promotion. Their comrades often did not discover the deception until the ?young boy? in their company was wounded, killed, or gave birth. In addition to examining the details of everyday military life and the harsh challenges of -warfare for these women?which included injury, capture, and imprisonment?Blanton and Cook discuss the female warrior as an icon in nineteenth-century popular culture and why twentieth-century historians and society ignored women soldiers? contributions. Shattering the negative assumptions long held about Civil War distaff soldiers, this sophisticated and dynamic work sheds much-needed light on an unusual and overlooked facet of the Civil War experience.… (mais)
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Título:They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Autores:De Anne Blanton (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (2003), Edition: Illustrated, 304 pages
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There is some very interesting information here about trans men in 1860s America. Unfortunately the authors themselves don't seem to realize they are writing about trans men as well as cis women.
  ibazel | Aug 7, 2020 |
Great book that will open your eyes about the women who wore uniforms and fought alongside their male counterparts. ( )
  jessicajames | Feb 19, 2016 |
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 information in other chapters. Women were referenced by both their female names and male identities each time (when known) which became tedious, and the few people that were in every chapter were reintroduced every time with new snippets of information included that would have been good to know earlier in the book. I think a more clear picture would have emerged with a chapter or appendix dedicated to each of a few key people, but I can understand why this wasn't done given the information available and length constraints.

I know a lot of details are unavailable, but the authors didn't explore the implications of some of the women dressing as men before and after the conflict unless it was in the context of freedom and fair wages; there had to have been other reasons, right?

Very little reference was made to the downsides of a women being discovered among men in the service or in a POW camp. There was an awful lot of "rah! rah! all the men were so impressed with the women!" and not much speculation or reference to the downsides (i.e. assaults or negative reactions). ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
This is such a cool book! Definately something I didn't learn about in my school. A subject I'd really like to look more into! I still wonder how they got by with their monthly visitors though. I particularly liked the part about the woman's identity being reveiled after another soldier attempted to rape her, thinking he was raping a guy.
  briannad84 | Mar 6, 2011 |
Very interesting book telling of some women who dressed like men to join both the Confederate and Union armies during the US Civil War ( )
  cotton.aj | Nov 15, 2008 |
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Popular images of women during the American Civil War include self-sacrificing nurses, romantic spies, and brave ladies maintaining hearth and home in the absence of their men. However, as DeAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook show in their remarkable new study, that conventional picture does not tell the entire story. Hundreds of women assumed male aliases, disguised themselves in men?s uniforms, and charged into battle as Union and Confederate soldiers?facing down not only the guns of the adversary but also the gender prejudices of society. They Fought Like Demons is the first book to fully explore and explain these women, their experiences as combatants, and the controversial issues surrounding their military service. Relying on more than a decade of research in primary sources, Blanton and Cook document over 240 women in uniform and find that their reasons for fighting mirrored those of men?-patriotism, honor, heritage, and a desire for excitement. Some enlisted to remain with husbands or brothers, while others had dressed as men before the war. Some so enjoyed being freed from traditional women?s roles that they continued their masquerade well after 1865. The authors describe how Yankee and Rebel women soldiers eluded detection, some for many years, and even merited promotion. Their comrades often did not discover the deception until the ?young boy? in their company was wounded, killed, or gave birth. In addition to examining the details of everyday military life and the harsh challenges of -warfare for these women?which included injury, capture, and imprisonment?Blanton and Cook discuss the female warrior as an icon in nineteenth-century popular culture and why twentieth-century historians and society ignored women soldiers? contributions. Shattering the negative assumptions long held about Civil War distaff soldiers, this sophisticated and dynamic work sheds much-needed light on an unusual and overlooked facet of the Civil War experience.

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