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Soldier, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Sarah Emma Edmonds was born in New Brunswick, Canada in 1842, the fifth daughter of Isaac and Elisabeth Leeper Edmondson. Her father, a farmer, was bitterly disappointed with Sarah as he had wanted a son to work his land for him.

Sarah tried very hard to be the boy her father always wanted, abandoning female dress and becoming an expert horsewoman and markswoman. However, t
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 5th 2006 by Meadow Books (first published 1865)
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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
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
I wish I had the option of 3 1/2 stars, because I liked it more than 3 but less than 4.
Marita Terese
Well-written, compelling memoir. Plenty of notes to guide the non-expert of Civil War history.
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.
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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Sarah Emma Edmonds was a Canadian-born woman who is known for serving with the Union Army during the American Civil War.
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