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.


Henry Knox, bookseller, soldier, patriot
July 25, 1750-October 25, 1806

Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot  by Anita Silvey, paintings by Wendell Minor (Clarion Books, 2010)

In sixteen brief chapters, the heroic life of Henry Knox unfolds. From a young bookseller’s assistant, to a teen solider, to a bookstore owner whose customers included Paul Revere, to service in George Washington’s Continental army, Henry completed an important mission toward securing independence for America’s colonies.

Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum will take you on a tour.