after a childhood of indentured servitude, deborah sampson fought in the revolutionary war disguised as a man. when she suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, sampson removed the bullet herself out of fear of being discovered. she was later wounded again then honorably discharged with the help of a empathetic doctor, but it took nine years of petitioning the government for her to receive a well-deserved military pension.
Confederate spy Belle Boyd is seen in an undated photo provided from the Berkeley County, WV Historical Society. The notorious siren of the South, who lived in Martinsburg, used her feminine charms to spy on Union soldiers for the Confederacy.
theoddmentemporium: Bullet in a Bible A soldier during the Civil War had his life saved by the Bible in his pocket. He wrote to President Lincoln about it, and the President sent him a replacement with the Presidential signature.
CDV of Private L. Coombs, 4th US Infantry seated with his prosthesis (ca. 1865) Seventy-five percent of all operations in the Civil War were amputations as surgeons soon discovered that the quick removal of a traumatized limb was the most effective way to save lives. Civil War survivors with limb prostheses became a common sight throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century.
The women who fought as men: Rare American Civil War pictures show how females disguised themselves so they could go into battle Some enlisted alongside their husbands as they couldn't bear to be apart They often served with distinction fighting in dozens of battles One even chose to remain a man once the war had ended