December Birthday – Sarah Emma Edmonds, SARAH EMMA EDMONDS WAS A GREAT PRETENDER

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

Sarah Emma Edmonds Was A Great Pretender: The True Story of a Civil War Spy by Carrie Jones, illustrated by Mark Oldroyd (Carolrhoda Books, 2011)

Sarah Emma Edmonds was a great pretender. She disguised herself as a male nurse to join the Army in 1861, and she fought in the Civil War as a soldier. She went on pretending to be many other people including a spy for the North and a male African slave. What a brave woman!

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

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