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Loreta Janeta Velázquez (06.26.1842 – c.1897), was a Cuban-born woman who masqueraded as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. She enlisted in the ConfederateArmy in 1861, w/out her soldier-husband's knowledge & fought at Bull Run, Ball's Bluff & Ft Donelson, but was discovered in New Orleans & was discharged. She reenlisted & fought at Shiloh & was unmasked again. She became a spy, working in both male & female guises. Her husband died during the war & she remarried 3 more times.

Loretta Velazquez fought in Civil War disguised as a man. Documentary on PBS about her life showing on June

A baseball recovered from the Civil War battlefield at Shiloh in 1862. "National pastime" indeed!

Baseball Recovered From Civil War Battlefield Is Unveiled

Organized baseball has been played in America since beforethe Civil War. The game evolved from bat and ball games brought to the “new country” during the and early centuries.

Elizabeth Van Lew was a Union spy during the American Civil War. She was an antislavery Virginia woman who not only freed her slaves, but bought and freed their families. Using her household staff as couriers, she sent messages to the Union in hollowed-out shoes and eggs and later, books and a personally designed cipher. She faked a mental disorder to throw off suspicion and was called “Crazy Bet” by her neighbors. Her network resulted in some of the best Union information gathered anywhere.

Elizabeth Van Lew, the earliest spy on this list, worked for the Union side during the American Civil War. Living in Richmond, Virginia, she was a widowed mother who vehemently opposed slavery.

Check the CW Soldiers and Sailors along with the CW photos in the National Archives for your ancestors.

Civil War Glass Negatives

Matthew Brady "Ambulance Wagons and Drivers at Harewood Hospital" Library of Congress, Washington, DC -War photographer (documentary photography)

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was the first woman surgeon in US Military history and is the only woman to with the Medal of Honor.

14 Facts About The Civil War That Your History Teachers Didn't Tell You - The first surgeon in US military history, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, worked during the Civil War. She was the only woman to win the Medal of Honor, as well.

P.G.T Beauregard was a military officer that was prominent in the Confederate states army during the American Civil War.

P.G.T Beauregard was a military officer that was prominent in the Confederate states army during the American Civil War.

Ely Samuel Parker, could not become a lawyer because he was not a (white)citizen, was commissioned during the Civil War.  He wrote the final draft of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.  And he was not a black man, or a white man.

Ely Samuel Parker, could not become a lawyer because he was not a (white)citizen, was commissioned during the Civil War. He wrote the final draft of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. And he was not a black man, or a white man. He was Seneca

A letter by Catherine of Aragon from 1531 to Charles V, defending her position as King Henry VIII's lawful wife in light of his divorce proceedings.

A letter by Catherine of Aragon from 1531 to Charles V, defending her position as King Henry VIII's lawful wife in light of his divorce proceedings.

theoddmentemporium:  Bullet in a Bible  A soldier during the Civil War had his life saved by the Bible in his pocket.  He wrote to President Lincoln about it, and the President sent him a replacement with the Presidential signature.

theoddmentemporium: Bullet in a Bible A soldier during the Civil War had his life saved by the Bible in his pocket. He wrote to President Lincoln about it, and the President sent him a replacement with the Presidential signature.

Louisa May Alcott, nurse during the Civil War and well known author, wrote "Little Women"

Louisa May Alcott, nurse during the Civil War and well known author, wrote "Little Women" Alcott civil war Little Women

Belle Boyd, Confederate spy during the American Civil War.

Belle Boyd, Confederate spy during the American Civil War. - Visit to grab an amazing super hero shirt now on sale!

Cornelia Hancock, a young Quaker from New Jersey, was one of the first nurses to arrive at Gettysburg. She served as a nurse through the rest of the war, also caring for former slaves seeking refuge in Washington, DC.

New Jersey Civil War nurse, Cornelia Hancock Nurse at the Battle of Gettysburg

In her diary she notes that “though there were three or four hundred wounded men on the boat, there were but two or three surgeons, and they unwilling to have us relieve what suffering we could.” The surgeons also refused to give the women any supplies so undaunted, Belle gathers some from other boats and returns to clean wounds and serve food. Go Belle! Post by Nancy Shively - http://pinterest.com/nancy_shively/

You don't hear a lot about the contributions of women during the Civil War but I came across an interesting story while researching the Battle of Shiloh.

Deborah Sampson, the first woman to take a bullet for the US of A by disguising herself as a male soldier and fighting for the new nation in the Revolutionary War. When she got shot she literally pulled the bullet out of her leg and stitched it up herself so that a doctor wouldn’t discover her secret.

Not a Civil War guy as per delusionalphychosis’s request, but this attractive soldier is Sarah Emma Edmonds, who disguised as a man, became a spy for the Union side.

General MacArthur's Dad was a Civil War bad-ass..."Little Mac was soon ahead of the entire Union Army carrying the colors of the 24th in the race to the top. Canisters exploded around... as he charged up the slope. A shell burst knocked him to the ground... he was back on his feet, waving the flag high as the men of the 24th raced behind him. 'Little Mac' cleared the Confederate barricades. With a pistol in one hand and the unit’s flag in the other, he was the first blue coat atop the…

Stephen Jendrysik: Chicopee's Arthur MacArthur was Civil War hero

General MacArthur's Dad was a Civil War bad-ass..."Little Mac was soon ahead of the entire Union Army carrying the colors of the 24th in the race to the top. Canisters exploded around... as he charged up the slope. A shell burst knocked him to the ground... he was back on his feet, waving the flag high as the men of the 24th raced behind him. 'Little Mac' cleared the Confederate barricades. With a pistol in one hand and the unit’s flag in the other, he was the first blue coat atop the…

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