Women to the front!

Northern and Southern records indicate several hundred women served in the ranks, but they were far outnumbered by the thousands of women who served as domestic laborers providing hospital relief services in urban centers, military camps, and the field.  Far more women served directly in nursing or matron roles during the war than as soldiers.  Add to that number the tens of thousands of women who kept their homes, farms and businesses running while the men were off to war.  Women contributed mightily to the northern and southern war efforts without bearing arms directly.

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