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. 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.