Women would bind their breast layer on clothes wore

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Women would bind their breast, layer on clothes, wore loose clothing, cut their hair short, and rubbed dirt on their faces. With the number of “young men” enlisted, sometimes as young as 15, it was not unusual to see smooth, hairless faces. Also, many women who joined the war were working class and farm women who are accustomed to hard work and manual labor, knew how to shot, and most could “ride as well as a man”. When discovered, usually due to injury or other medical reasons, they were usually sent home. At times, they were arrested and /or sent to an insane asylum. There are only 400 – 700 recordings of women participating in the Civil War. Research has only found three letters written home and two published memoirs. Most accounts of these brave women were written by the men they served with. Women served in a variety of roles. They are documented as serving as battlefield nurses, guerillas, vivandieres, prostitutes, spies, saboteurs, physicians, and one even served as a chaplain. Some notable women who fought in the Civil War were Sarah Edmonds Seele, Loreta Janeta Velasquez, and Jennie Hodgers. Sarah Emma Edmonds Seele, a nurse, disguised herself as Pvt.
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