Civil War Essay

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Women, Slaves, and Free Blacks in the Civil War The Women in the north organized aid societies to supply the troops of the union with food, clothing, uniforms, blankets and cash. Some women took further action and wanted to support the troops on the front lines. They organized ways to care for the sick and wounded troops to keep them healthy to stay in the fight. By June of 1861 the federal government created the United Sates Sanitary Commission based on the good deeds of the women who supported the welfare of the troops. Over 20,000 women worked directly for the war effort including working class white women and the freed African American Slaves. The women would travel from hospital to hospital to care for the soldiers ("Women In The Civil War", 2013). The women of the south played just as important a role as the women of the North. They worked diligently to ensure that the troops were cared for. The Confederacy did not have the resources of the union so the women that were assisting in the war effort had to rely on auxiliaries and relief societies. Less resources required that some wounded had to be cared for in their own homes. They provided food and other supplies for the troops to ensure that they were nourished and healthy to continue their fight for their cause. In the South the slave women were not free to contribute to the war effort ("Women In The Civil War", 2013). The war efforts of these women played a vital role, and this was the first time in history that women had a significant impact on a war. The war encouraged women to gain political outlooks and have a voice in the conflict. With the shortage of employees in the workforce women were used to replace the men that left to fight. In the south the shortage was so great that some enslaved black women were allowed to work in men’s positions for wages (Wright, 2009). Because of these changes

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