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All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  9 reviews
During the Civil War, women worked as spies and sometimes disguised themselves as male soldiers to play an heroic part in the conflict. Historian Elizabeth D. Leonard has combed archives, memoirs, and histories to unearth the stories of these hidden and forgotten women who risked their lives for the blue and the gray. Here are the stories of Belle Boyd, Confederate loyalis ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Penguin Books (first published March 1st 1999)
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Cynthia Coronado
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed, since the subject matter really interests me. For some reason, it didn't hold my attention and I started skimming through it. Maybe I thought the writing style would be more story-like. Instead it kept stating a lot of facts and was not presented in a smooth transition from each.
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-nonfiction
Probably a 2 and 1/2. There's a lot of interesting short biographies in this book and it's a fast, well-written read. I run into problems with her interpretation of events, however, and it reads like a much older book than it actually is in terms of what she chooses to reference. A couple of examples: a white woman successfully places her African American servant in Jefferson Davis' house as a spy - and is described as taking major risks. Seems to me the woman posing as the servant is the one ta ...more

Leonard’s book about women participants in the American Civil War is readable, well researched, and interesting. I had to dock it points because the romantic in me just can’t be completely swayed by her thesis: that more women chose to serve in the army as spies, soldiers, and daughters of the regiment due to economic reasons. The pragmatist in me understands that this was no doubt the dominant reason for a lot of women, and for the true patriots struggling afterwards economics probably facto
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book tells the stories of various women serving in the Civil War either as spies or dressing as a man and joined the army. There were a few women who's identity was never discovered until death. As for the spies they were almost always caught at some point and did serve some prison time. Fortunetly neither the south or the north ever put a woman to death for spying.

I am a big Civil War history buff. Plus, I love to read about women who make the decision to do what they want to do and forget
Robin Grace
Aug 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Regina and Mysti
I've recently been cast in a powerful show called "Voiced Underwater" where I play a 20 year old Union Civil War Soldier.
The character, Albert, is an example of one of the thousand women who served during the Civil War disguised as a man.
It's been an amazing subject to research and there are a number of cool books on the subject. What a role!!

Oct 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Pretty interesting book about the roles of women in the armies of both the north and south - on the front lines. Little told stories of course. It was about men, right? More women on the front lines than one would have imagined.
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting but very feminist...
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating look at women's roles in the Civil War, as spies, "daughters of the regiment" and soldiers, and the complex motivations behind their involvements.
S.L. Hawke
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a cemetery historian like myself, this is a must read.
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