That was Franklin Flint Thompson. The Courage to Fight It took a lot of courage for any soldier to fight in the Civil War, but it was even more dangerous for black soldiers. Almost every American would have known friends, family members, or neighbors who marched off to war, many never to return. During the Civil War, black women’s services included nursing or domestic chores in medical settings, laundering and cooking for the soldiers. Invite students to analyze this Civil War recruiting poster directed at black men. If black soldiers were captured by the Confederates while fighting for the Union, they were executed or sold back into slavery. During the American Civil War, sexual behavior and gender roles and attitudes were affected by the conflict, especially by the absence of menfolk at home and the emergence of new roles for women such as nursing.The advent of photography and easier media distribution, for example, allowed for greater access to sexual material for the common soldier. Of the women who bravely fought in the war, only one managed to obtain a veteran’s pension after it ended. Spanish-American War.

The most famous and well-known African American unit during the Civil War was the 54th Massachusetts regiment. Flying in the face of Victorian conventions and the traditional view of females as frail, passive and subordinate, they enlisted in the army. 10 Andre Cailloux. Black American females again played the role of nurses. While most African-American soldiers drafted into the Union Army were discriminated against and confined to colored units, they still played a major role in bringing about a Union victory. The 54th Massachusetts was the first African American regiment to be recruited in the North and consisted of free men (the 1st South Carolina Regiment was recruited in southern territory and was made up of freed slaves). Female Soldiers in the Civil War: Sarah Edmonds Seelye, The Only Female Civil War Soldier to Obtain a Veterans Pension. The Most Famous Civil War Black Regiment. Provide background information as necessary: By the end of the war, roughly 179,000 black men (10% of the Army) served in the Union Army, and another 19,000 in the Navy. After a call was made in 1863 for black volunteers to fight in the war, freed blacks from all over the Northern United States came to Massachusetts to enlist in the regiment, including two of Frederick Douglass's sons. One such soldier was Frances Clayton. Her memoirs, published in 1902, became the only written record of Black volunteer nurses in the Civil War. Born Sarah Edmonds Seelye, she was perhaps the greatest spy of the time. Some women went to war in order to share in the trials of their loved ones, while others were stirred by a thirst for adventure, the promise of reliable wages, or ardent patriotism, according to the Civil War Trust.

While a popular Civil War-era saying was, "Better a soldier's widow than a coward's wife," some women took it a step further. Although the inherently clandestine nature of the activity makes an accurate count impossible, conservative estimates of female soldiers in the Civil War puts the number somewhere between 400 and 750. William Cathay, was the first known African American woman to enlist in the United States Army, and the only black woman documented to serve in the US army in the 19th century.. Born a slave in Independence, Missouri in 1844, Cathay worked as a house servant on a nearby plantation on the outskirts of Jefferson City.

The burial detail had stumbled upon one of the most intriguing stories of the Civil War: the multitudes of women who fought in the front line.

Search For Soldiers The Civil War was the first war in American history in which a substantial proportion of the adult male population participated.