Nurse, Soldier, Spy

The Story of Sarah Edmonds, A Civil War Hero

Moss, Marissa

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Nurse, Soldier, Spy
A story of a nineteen-year-old woman who disguised herself as a man to avoid an unwanted marriage and who distinguished herself as a male nurse during the Civil War, and later as a spy for the Union Army.

Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011
ISBN: 9780810997356
Branch Call Number: J 973.4 M
Characteristics: 47 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hendrix, John 1976-


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Jul 06, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Regardless of what other books exist out there on the subject this Moss/Hendrix title is a must-read and a must-add to any biographical collection. It’s got war. It’s got guts. It’s got heroism. And it’s got a woman that boys and girls alike will find fascinating.


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Jul 06, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I’m sure you’ve all heard stories of those women who cut their hair, donned men’s clothes, and joined the armed forces during the Civil War. Many a woman did this, but few were as brave and inventive as Sarah Edmonds. Having run away from home at the age of sixteen to escape an arranged marriage, Sarah had been living as a man for three years when she returned to Michigan to join the Union cause. On the field she proved a brave nurse, soldier, and eventual spy. When told to spy on the enemy, Sarah became a believable black male slave and managed to extract some much needed information across enemy lines. An Author’s Note at the end explains how the rest of Sarah’s life went and how she became “the only woman invited to join the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the association for Civil War veterans of the Union Army.”


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