WV Enterprises: Bringing American and Appalachian History to Life
WV Enterprises: Bringing American and Appalachian History to Life
WV Enterprises: Bringing American and Appalachian History to Life
WV Enterprises: Bringing American and Appalachian History to Life
WV Enterprises Bringing American and Appalachian History to Life
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WV Enterprises Bringing American and Appalachian History to Life
Emma Edmonds

WV Enterprises Bringing American and Appalachian History to LifeIn her 1865 autobiography, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army, Emma Edmonds gives a vivid account of life on the battle lines of the Civil War. Emma disguised herself as a man so that she could fight on the front lines as a soldier. In addition, she became a spy for the Union Army. A master of disguise, she penetrated enemy lines no less than eleven times, always with complete success. Fearing discovery, she eventually deserted the army. In 1884, she attended a regimental reunion without her disguise. Urged by her comrades to file for a pension, she took her case to Congress. In 1885, Emma Edmonds was awarded a pension from the army, making her the only recognized woman in the Grand Army of the Republic.


WV Enterprises Bringing American and Appalachian History to Life
WV Enterprises: Bringing American and Appalachian History to Life