Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Birthday: Sarah Emma Edmonds

Sarah Edmonds, nurse, soldier, spy
December 1841-September 5, 1898

Nurse, Soldier, Spy: Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss, illustrated by John Hendrix (Abrams, 2011)

Sarah Emma Edmonds was an imposter. Posing as a man, she joined the Army of the Potomac. She fought as a solider in the Civil War, nursed the wounded and then helped the North by becoming a spy, disguising herself as a slave. What a woman!

The Handbook of Texas Online offers a biography of Edmonds, who ultimately moved to Texas with her family.