Women in the Civil War: Positive or Negative

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Ife Otukoya Period 5 Women in the Civil War: Positive or Negative A lot of historians would say that the Civil War took a negative toll on the country, but I say that it was positive. I say it’s positive because first, slaves were allowed to vote, and women’s rights were extended. They were able to take on the jobs and responsibilities once thought to be a man’s. In the present day women are out numbering men in the nursing profession. Before the civil war it was mostly men who were nurses, but since a lot of them went to war, the ladies took on the job. Some women wanted to help in any way they could. Some enlisted, but were declined because they were ladies. Though there some special cases, some actually got appointed positions in the war. “The rebel cavalry leader, Stuart has appointed to a position on his staff, with the rank of Major, a young lady residing at Fairfax Court House” (General Stuart’s New Aid, 1863). I think they only let some women into the war because 1.) They were desperate, 2.) They could pay them less, and 3.) If they were kind of boyish looking. To women this was extending their rights, and they were helping. That defiantly put the war on a positive course; at least for women. Another reason the war had a(n) positive outcome for women was because it gave them courage and determination. A woman named Francis Clalin Clayton disguised herself as a man. She changed her name to jack Williams so she would be able to fight in the war. She passed the criteria, she looked very manly and I don’t think they gave physical inspections very thoroughly because they were probably desperate. Another woman that disguised herself as a man and was very determined was Jennie Hodgers. On August 6, 1862, she enlisted into the 95th Illinois Infantry using the name Albert Cashier and was assigned to Company G. The regiment was part of the Army of the

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