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The “Daring” of Civil War Women in Disguise

Credit Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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During the Civil War, historical records document some 500 to 1,000 women who disguised themselves as men, to enlist in armies on both sides of the conflict.

Elizabeth Leonard is at the Cyclorama tonight to give a talk on her new book, All the Daring of the Soldier, about women who took on unconventional roles in the Civil War.

She sat down with John Lemley to discuss just how women managed to disguise themselves—and to tell the fascinating story of Jenny Hodgers, aka Albert Cashier, a soldier who lived as a man for more than five decades before being found out.

Broadcast version of story that aired Thursday, August 22, 2013