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A Call to Arms: The Civil War Adventures of Sarah Emma Edmonds, alias Private Frank Thompson

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  20 reviews
1861: as America erupts into civil war, Emma Edmonds is roused to such intense patriotism that she joins the Union army...as a man.

Raised on a farm by a father who would have preferred a son, Emma can ride, shoot, and hunt as well as any man. She defies convention to become a soldier, an army nurse, even a spy. Dangers surround her, from enemy fire in battle to the risk o
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Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published April 21st 2014 by Evennight Books
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Tara Chevrestt
First of all, I think the author did a good job in her portrayal of this real-life amazing woman. She also has a good "writing voice".

What I enjoyed the most about this story is the amazing heroine. She has so much courage, it blows my mind. She poses as a man two years before the Civil War, just to avoid an arranged and unwanted marriage and to enjoy the freedom that being the opposite sex brought during that time period.

When she becomes a soldier, she does a variety things for the war effort a
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Shirley Schwartz
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: galley-copy
I was a little disappointed with this book. I expected something similar to another of P.G. Nagle's books that I recently reviewed - Red River, but this book just didn't grab me at all in the same way as Red River did. This was another early reviewer copy and I thank the author and the publisher for the chance to read and review this book. The novel is based on a true story of the union army career of Emma Edmonds. Emma left home at an early age and began a life living as a man. When the Civil W ...more
Dee
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting! Book was informative and enjoyable!

Based on true story about a woman who pretends to be a man then signs up to be a soldier in the Civil War.
Susan
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Civil War drama about a female disguised a Union soldier
Annette
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Call to Arms: The Civil War Adventures of Sarah Emma Edmonds, alias
by P.G. Nagle

P.G. Nagle tackles a tough assignment in writing a fictional account of Sarah Emma Edward's life during the years she disguised herself as a man and served in the army. The work needed to be entertaining while retaining the historial integrity and some semblance of the original. We first meet Emma as she is living the life of a book seller under the guise as Frank. She has cut her hair, wear men's clothing and live
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Joyce
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A somewhat biographical book about a woman who presents herself as Frank Thompson so she can join northern troops to serve in the civil war.
Oma
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is loosely based on the purported experiences of Emma Edmonds, who disguised herself as a man name Franklin Thompson and fought in the Civil War. Emma, a Canadian, fled her home when her father tried to marry her to an elderly neighbor. She sold books, especially Bibles, as Frank Thompson. When the war broke out she felt compelled to join the fight and worked as a nurse, a spy and a postal carrier for the troops. She was injured in a fall from a mule while delivering dispatches and lat ...more
Kathy
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a woman who enters the Union Army during the Civil War. As a retired Army officer, I found the book to be both interesting and enlightening. Emma Edmonds, though a Canadian citizen, joins the Army as a man. She works as a soldier, and Army nurse and even a spy. I found the story true to life and very realistic. The only thing I didn’t find particularly useful to the story line was the sexual aspect the author probably included to add spice and hopefully sell more books. I re ...more
Tracy
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Received a copy for an honest review.*

For such a fascinating subject matter, that of Emma Edmonds, a woman who fought as a man in the Civil War, "A Call to Arms" is not an interesting book. Emma's characterization is relatively superficial. There's not a whole lot to her. Yes, in the text we're told that she likes to care for the sick and that she's devout, but while reading I felt like I didn't get an in depth look at her as a character. Furthermore, she was frustratingly both self righteous a
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Mary
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this historical fiction based on the life of a woman (she was one of many) who disguised herself as a male and served in the Civil War. This character, Emma, had fled her family in Canada,who had planned to force her to marry a much older man when she was only a young teen. She resented the life that her mother and other women around her lived, being married too young and forced to live a life of subjugation to a man who wanted only children and work of her with no rights of ...more
Debi
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be fascinating! I would put the book down only to come back to it a few minutes later. The author pulled me into this book at once. I feel as if I knew Frank Thompson personally. While the author speaks of the horrors of Civil War battles and the hospitals where the wounded were taken, the emphasis is on Private Thompson and his service in the Union Army.

Emma ran away from an arranged marriage made by her father. Fearing he would find her she began dressing as a man. Workin
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Naomi
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, so it was not difficult to enjoy this book. I did not realize until the end that, although the author admits many liberties have been taken with a number of details, this is based on a true story.

With the exception of a few little editing details, this was a well-written book. I would have likely given it 4.5-5 stars, had there not been the addition of a sexual relationship apparently only in order to spice up the story. The description of both c
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Anna
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed reading this story about a real woman, who disguised herself as a man to join the Union army during the Civil War, even though it was difficult for me to believe how she couldn't have been discovered during her 2 years in the army, living and working in close contact with all of those men. The descriptions of the battle scenes and the aftermath were very moving. The ending was extremely abrupt, as I couldn't believe the story had ended at that point in the story, and wished ...more
Irene Adam
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. Emma runs from Canada to the U. S. to avoid an arranged marriage and becomes a man, Frank Thompson, to avoid being found. She sells Bibles and books and later enlists in the Union Army. This book is about her experiences as a woman posing as a man fighting in the Civil War. This book is historical fiction based on the true life story of Sarah Emma Edmonds alias Private Frank Thompson. I enjoy reading ...more
Tanya
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Not usually my kind of book, but it was definitely intriguing. A woman disguised as a man serving as a soldier in the Civil War... just made me think of the logistics that go into it, nevermind the emotional side. I loved that through it all, she knew who she was, though I think she fooled herself for a while when she became involved with Jamie. I enjoyed Emma's backstory & wish I could've known her present. As for the writing, it was descriptive & never lagged; no mistakes that made me lose foc ...more
Susan
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This historical novel is about Frank Thompson, a woman who participated in the Civil War. It details why she had taken up a male identity years prior to enlisting in the war. Her disguise held true, and the few who knew the truth did not give her up. Her determination and bravery should be a beacon to young girls. Women are capable of breaking stereotypes.
Lana Superchi
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Sarah is a distant relative of my family. My interest started with the familial relationship but I am intrigued and inspired by her life. This is a fictional account based on one person's imagination but worth the read.
Jane Krablin
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading A Call To Arms by P.G. Nagle a very interesting read....

Enjoyed a Call To Arms, by P. G. Angle....hard to put down, very intriguing and interesting...a must read... Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
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Diane
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was based on the true story of a woman who joined the Union Army pretending to be a man.
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