“On both sides of the war you had women who were camp followers.”
Although women didn’t fight on the front lines during the Civil War, West Virginia University Professor Connie Rice says many would travel with troops.
“These women were wives, they were lovers, they could have been women that were from the Sanitary Commission that were there to serve as nurses. And they would follow the men from camp to camp. Some of the wives would dress in men’s uniforms sneakily at first. Some went openly as women.”
She says women supported troops in various ways.