1861 : Woman Enlists as Man in 2nd Michigan Infantry

May 25, 2022 all-day

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Edmonds as Franklin Thompson


On May 25, 1861, Flint’s Sarah Emma Edmonds joined the 2nd Michigan Infantry disguised as Franklin Thompson.

Sources :

Michigan History, May/June 2012.

For more information, see :

Sara Emma Edmonds entry from Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

A Female Soldier in the Civil War: Emma E. Edmonds, LibraryPoint.

Sara Emma Edmonds (Frank Thompson), ThoughtCo’s Women’s History.

Sara Emma Edmonds wikipedia entry

Memoirs of a soldier, nurse, and spy : a woman’s adventures in the Union Army, available in the MSU Library and through interlibrary loan.

Nurse and spy in the Union Army, online access restricted to the MSU community and other subscribers to The American Civil War : Lettrs and Diaries.

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