Civil War Women

Did you know that during the Civil War, hundreds of women cut their hair and donned men’s clothes so they could report to Union and Confederate army recruiters? And that others served as scouts and spies.

Historian Diane Eickhoff will talk about that and more during her presentation, “Women Soldiers of the Civil War,” at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Derby Public Library. According to a news release, the talk will explore “how and why a fascinating group of women defied cultural norms to become soldiers, especially during a time when there was great emphasis on women’s and men’s separate roles in society.”

Eickhoff, who lives in Kansas City, is the author of a recent historical biography, Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights, published by Quindaro Press.

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