Atlanta, Georgia, Railroad Yard
This week in the Civil War for March 17, 1863

Frances Clalin Clayton

Frances Clalin Clayton, woman who disguised herself as a man, “Jack Williams,” to fight in the Civil War, wearing uniform.

Known by her married name of Frances Clayton, she took up all the manly vices. To conceal her sex, she learned to drink, smoke, chew, and swear. She even gambled, and a fellow soldier declared that he had played poker with her on a number of occasions.

Frances and her Husband Elmer served side by side during the American Civil War until 1863, when he died in battle. 

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