The traditional story of the Civil war in America is the revenge of the historical accounts, told by men who fought as Yanks or the confederates in the 1860-ies. But along with them in the war took part, and women are specially dressed in male military uniform and went to the battlefields. Historians call this fact “the most guarded secret of the Civil war”. Recorded more than 250 cases where women cut your hair, changed clothing and went into battle. At the same time it was an act of rebellion against discrimination and the manifestation of true patriotism.
Habitual women’s role in the war at that time — dedicated by a nurse or a treacherous spy. In the extreme case — a faithful wife waiting at home her husband and sons. The real story radically changes this picture. Women have grabbed the weapons and rushed into battle. They lived in field camps, languished in a terrible prison and died in agony, but honorably, for their country.
After the outbreak of Civil war in the U.S. a girl dressed as a man and joined the army. Sarah-Frank even decided to make a scout and was dressed in the woman that she aroused the suspicions of the enemy.
Women belonging to the working classes, could not find a decent job, and the salary of a seamstress or washerwoman was less than half the salary that is received on a monthly basis soldiers. Everything was solved by itself: careful hungry, the brave went to war to risk their lives and livelihoods.
If deception was revealed, in the best case, the women were thrown out of the camps without a penny. They were dismissed with the remark “due to the inherent features” or “because of sexual incompatibility”.