The Diary Of A Women's Experience Throughout The Civil War..

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Sarah Emma Edmonds was born on December of 1841 in Nova Scotia, Canada. She had a rough and difficult childhood. Sarah had very little education and her dad resented her because she was a girl. Her father hated her so much that he took it upon himself to abuse her. Reasons for resentment was mainly because Sarah was a girl. Sarah tried to prove to her father that she could be a boy under her feminine physical appearance but every day the beatings got worst and worst. It was so bad, that one day during the 1850's Sarah Emma just ran away from home and never returned. She crossed over to the border of the United States of America and to her the United States is her home and country now.By 1861, Sarah Emma Edmonds had a new name. She traveled all over the West selling bibles using the name Frank Thompson. Sarah Emma Edmonds (a.k.a. Frank Thompson) moved into Flint, Michigan living a life of pleasure. Then the Civil War hit and the Union called citizens to enlist. Sarah thought that this was her chance to do something meaningful with her life so she cut her hair and tried to enlist into the Union Army as a male named Frank Thompson. It took her four tried but on April 25, 1861, Sarah Edmonds (a.k.a. Frank Thompson) was finally enlisted into the Second Volunteers of the United States Army as a male nurse. Private Frank Thompson (Sarah Edmonds) struggled through some tragedy during the beginning course of the war. She experienced the death of a close friend, which motivated her to volunteer to be a Union spy to get revenge.During the two years that Sarah (Frank Thompson) served in the Union Army, she completed eleven spy missions. Her first mission was when she dressed up as a black man by the name of Ned to sneak into the Confederate line to steal some information for the Union. Another mission was when she was a female contraband. Sarah's last mission was when she disguised herself as a young southern man with the name of Charles Mayberry to identify a Southern spy.After Sarah's bravery throughout the war, she came down with malaria. She did not get any cure for this disease because she was scared that her identity would had been discovered if she went to the hospital. After fighting against her heart, she decided to run away from camp and get recovery from a local and private hospital. This led her to Cairo, Illinois where she checked into a private hospital and recovered from malaria. After recovery, Sarah tried to rejoin the Union Army but found out that there was a list with the names of deserters which included Frank Thompson. Not being able to rejoin the army, Sarah went to Washington where she worked as a nurse until the end of the war.After the war, Sarah wrote a book about her experiences in the war and how she disguised herself as a man to fight in the war. After the book had been completed, Sarah felt homesick of her birth country causing her to go back to Canada where she found love. She married and had three sons with Linus Seeyle in...

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