The Mysterious Private Thompson : The Double Life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, Civil War Soldier
Laura Leedy GanslerISBN: 0743242807;
Book Description Resurrecting a lost hero of the Civil War, The Mysterious Private Thompson tells the remarkable story of one heroic woman who defied convention in nineteenth-century America to live, work, and defend her country at a time of war, when most women were restricted to home and hearth. Sarah Emma Edmonds was a young Canadian woman who adopted the guise of a man to escape an arranged marriage at seventeen. For two years, living as Franklin Thompson, she enjoyed the freedoms that men enjoyed, traveling the country at will as a successful book salesman. In 1861, President Lincoln asked for 75,000 volunteers to suppress the "rebellion." Most of Franklin Thompson's friends would answer the call. For Thompson, the question was more complicated -- but she didn't hesitate before enlisting in the Second Michigan Infantry at nineteen years old. In The Mysterious Private Thompson, acclaimed author Laura Leedy Gansler uncovers the courageous life of the only...
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