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Memoirs of a Soldier, Nurse, and Spy: A Woman's Adventures in the Union Army

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Among the hundreds of women who, disguised as men, enlisted to serve in the Union army, only Sarah Edmonds is known to have written a memoir recounting her experiences. As "Franklin Thompson" she joined the 2nd Michigan Infantry Regiment in 1861, then fought in some of the bloodiest struggles of the Civil War, from First Bull Run to the Kentucky Campaign of 1863.Throughout ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Northern Illinois University Press (first published 1865)
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Sara
Mar 31, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Edmonds has been my go-to girl for school projects since elementary school, and I admire her greatly. I don't remember as much about her as I should, and I just recently found out that she had written a memoir. Now, it appears there was a reason that this memoir (granted, only a 2-year wartime memoir) never came up in my previous researchings, and it's because she seems to have taken a somewhat fictionalized approach to it. I assume most of stories she tells or passes on are correct, and I ...more
Liz
Mar 30, 2011 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, favorites
Written after she served as a nurse and spy for the Union in the Civil War, Emma Edmonds(formerly under disguise as Frank Thompson) wrote this memoir to chronicle her exploits and to share the horrors she saw in the war. She has a way with words, and I have cried openly reading some of her passages, particularly when she relates stories of comrades who did brave and selfless acts(like the nurse who allowed himself to be captured by Rebels to stay with his patients who couldn't run with the rest ...more
CaliforniaCoyote
Odd that there would actually be a thrill in holding an original copy from the first issuance of the book, albeit rebound, from 1865. It's a first hand story of a young woman enlisted in the Union Army as a male and serving as a medic and courier, and allegedly a spy, the latter for which there isn't any "proof" and some supporting the opposite position. Still, whether a true narrative throughout or truth embellished with creative fiction, the fact remains she did serve in the Army for two years ...more
Courtney
I wish I had the option of 3 1/2 stars, because I liked it more than 3 but less than 4.
Marita Terese
Jul 27, 2015 Marita Terese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written, compelling memoir. Plenty of notes to guide the non-expert of Civil War history.
Cindy
Mar 26, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civil-war, biograhpy
I am not sure how much of this to abosorb but I did get a couple of leads from the back of the book which will lead me to uncover more about this exceptional fraud.
I think in this book she blows her horn but the historians will reveal her motive.
Cody
Mar 13, 2012 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heartfelt memoir of what it is like to be in the Union army as a woman, dressed and playing entirely the part of a man.
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