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I'll Pass For Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The Civil War has been studied, written about, even sun about for generations. Most people know that it was a conflict between North and South, Unionists and rebels, blue and gray. We recognize the names of Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee. Many people know about Clara Barton, the nurse who did so much to save soldiers' lives. But few have heard of Sara ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published December 29th 2008 by Clarion Books
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Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs678
Silvey, Anita. I’ll Pass for your Comrade. New York: Clarion Books, 2008 (nonfiction)
Silvey takes the reader through the linear journey of women’s involvement in the Civil War. Starting with an explanation of motives (money, kinship, sense of duty) to preparation to combat and finally to the aftermath of the war. Silvey highlights the journey of a few specific women using authentic materials such as journals, dismissal papers, and post-war interviews for those who came forward as women soldiers.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This turned out to be rather a thin book, it was written primarily for young adults, it would be a good book to give to a young girl. It's about women who dressed as men and fought in the Civil War for both the Union and the Confederate Armies. During a time when women couldn't vote or own property, many of them had different reasons for disguising themselves as men, some of them followed their lover or husbands, some women served legally, like Clara Barton who is well known to this day as a nur ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Spotted this in the Kids' Non-Fiction section of the library and decided to pick it up on the back of reading the novel 'Disobedience' by Jane Hamilton, a fantastic read which featured a teenage girl who is a Civil War reenactment devotee who hides her gender in order to have a more authentic experience.

One of the most compelling reasons women had for going to war was that it provided them with an opportunity to earn good money and to gain valuable work experience in areas which their gender wou
Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Did you know that women enlisted and fought in the Civil War, on both sides? Some of them were just plain tough, like Lucy Gauss, who "served as sharpshooter Bill Thompson for the 18th North Carolina unit... She always lived by her motto: "Hold your head up and die hard." Lucy came back from the war and lived into her seventies. Several hundred women dressed as men and enlisted, many to be near husbands or brothers, and many more simply because they believed in the causes they fought for. Anita ...more
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a well documented, well researched and well written book that pays tribute to the women who masqueraded as men to fight in the Civil War. Anita Silvey packs a lot of information into this brief (less than 100 pages ) book that will appeal to reluctant readers as well as more serious ones. There's plenty to learn too both in terms of big issues (all the things women couldn't do legally, like own land, appear in court) and small ones( with hoops in skirts sometimes ladies' dresses caught f ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Relates the stories of several women who fought in the Civil War, with excerpts from their own letters, photographs, and background information on women Civil War soldiers in general.

Clearly the author put in an immense amount of research, and tried diligently to let the women and their stories speak for themselves. I think in the end, though, there just wasn't enough information about any one of the women to really connect with them on an emotional level, which left me feeling a bit detached fr
Nov 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, nonfiction
Interesting, but a little too didactic for me in the way modern sensibilities informed the authorial voice and commentary. Also, the prose was fairly dry and often awkward. Still, it fills a sore gap in children's nonfiction, and Silvey cites a veritable wealth of primary sources to bring immediacy to their account.
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I'll Pass For Your Comrade gives a brief, introductory look at the women soldiers in the Civil War. It talks about a few examples on either side and goes through what a woman had to do to enlist, to maintain a disguise, and to fight in the war. There are also chapters that briefly discuss war prisons and hospitals and what women would do once discovered.

This book is very introductory when it comes to the topic of women in the Civil War. It was also a little confusing it would jump around to dif
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Maybe I'm uninformed, but I really didn't know there were so many female soldiers in the Civil War. I don't recall them being mentioned at all in the famous Ken Burns documentary (although I didn't watch the entire thing, either.) The only female soldier I remember learning about was Molly Pitcher, in the Revolutionary War, and I guess I assumed she was the only female soldier ever in America up until modern times. The book is for grammar-school kids and is too basic for adults, really, so the f ...more
Finished this children's book about woment fighting in the Civil War. Well written for a subject that doesn't have a lot of documentation to it. The women had to hide the fact that they were women. The secrets continued after they completed their duty. Some fought so they could be with their husbands, or other relatives. Some fought for the adventure as did many of the young men did. Others believed in the cause and fought to defend their beliefs. The author had to do a lot of digging to get her ...more
May 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
I picked this up because it looked interesting and reminded me of the historical fiction My Last Skirt by Lynda Durant (the main character in that title, Jennie Hodgers, is actually referenced in this book). The subject matter is quite interesting, as it details a number of different women who fought alongside men in the Civil War, for a variety of reasons -- a topic that has little coverage in any of books about the era. My main quibble with the book is its organization. The flow is awkward and ...more
Gwen the Librarian
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit, non-fiction
Anita Silvey's first book for young people is an engaging and meticulously researched account of women who fought alongside men in the Civil War. Silvey outlines the many and varied reasons women went to war, the difficulties of hiding their identities in the field, and their struggle for acceptance after people realized they had fought. I especially loved the detailed description of how women had to change their appearances and habits - no more hoop skirts, walk like a man, spit like a man, swe ...more
Abby Johnson
Mar 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Did you know that many women disguised themselves as men and fought in the Civil War? They all had different reasons - some followed their husbands or brothers, some wanted the bounty that soldiers received, and others believed so passionately in the cause that they felt compelled to fight. I'll Pass for Your Comrade explores many of the women who fought in the Civil War - why they joined, how they kept their secret, what they did in the war, and what happened to them if they were found out. The ...more
Love the topic, love the ladies, not sold on the execution. I was hoping for a bit more Civil War tidbit-ery. I know that's kind of hard, that lady soldiers did not keep diaries for fear of being discovered, or write letters for the same reason, but, I mean - NO MENTION OF GETTYSBERG? This is not a Civil War book!

Still, you know how I like my ladies. Dressed as men so they can fight in the war.

Sex role! Best Library of Congress subject category ever!
Mar 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Picked this up at the children's section of the library while I had my youngest at storytime. The photos intrigued me so I decided I might as well read the book. Short easy read that would be appropriate for tweens. Nicely brings together facts known about women serving as soldiers during the Civil War. Thought it was brave of the author to mention the obvious -- that Ken Burns screwed up by not giving time to this subject in his documentary on the Civil War. Good inspiring read.
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
The idea behind this books intrigued me. I was very interested to read about women and their role in the Civial War.

This book did not disappoint. It introduced many women and their stories. I did find the organization a bit free. It was difficult to get to know any woman very well because there were so many and the text jumped around a little. Pictures were often not on the same page as text about the woman.

Overall, I liked it, but organization could be better.
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a short read, less than two hours. the author has written a lot of books of young people. The information on each woman is very short. There was a lot of research listed in the back of the book. I would have liked more information myself, but this could easily be read in intallmants as abed time story of unconventional women for ther time of the Civil War.
May 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting to read about women who disguised themselves as men in order to fight in the Civil War. There were a lot of them, perhaps hundreds -- who knew? The book is short on personal anecdotes of the women, making it a bit dry and more of a list than memorable stories, but with only 2 known memoirs of survivors of the war, there may not have been much to work with.
Bonnie Pohlig
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was very interesting and gave me a new perspective on the Civil War. Not only does it give detailed insight on women in the war, but shed new light for me on all the soldiers in the war as well. I think it would really appeal to students.
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very interesting topic. The book is a great intro to women soldiers and to the US Civil War (of which I had forgotten a lot of my history). I love the first hand accounts and photos. I heard the author speak about the book recently and her talk whetted my appetite. The book did not disappoint.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-nonfiction
A little too dry for my taste, but at least I learned something.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read this for school, and it just didn't really interest me, like I thought it might. Oh well. :/
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed studying the Civil War with my son for school. I then started reading books about the women who served in the Civil War in various ways. It is remarkable what many women did.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs
Shelves: ttt-2000
Fascinating stuff. Well organized and well told.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An easy book to read with basic information about women fighting in the Civil War disguised as men.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brief but fascinating.
Brandi Jennings
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Learned about some really rad women! Nothing like learning about women fighting next to their brothers, husbands, sons, to bring the warrior out in me!
Jul 29, 2009 marked it as to-read
Recommended at the BYU Symposium.
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great read for anyone! Great stories of women on the battlefield. Backed up with plenty of credible sources.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Interesting history of women fighting in the American Civil War. Contains photographs and primary sources. It explores why women joined the war effort and how they concealed their gender.
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