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What Part Did Women Play In the Civil War?


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The Civil War was the bloodiest, most devastating war in the nation’s history. It pitted families against one another and steered the destiny of the United States in a whole new direction. It also was a time when women stepped into the spotlight as never before, playing crucial roles in determining the outcome of the war and the nation’s destiny.

Here are some of the influential roles women played in this unprecedented conflict.

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It is estimated that more than 700 women took up arms during the Civil War, both on the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict. They fought in every major battle of the war, in most cases disguising their gender and fighting alongside men who had no idea they were going to battle with a woman at their side.