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We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
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With a Name like Love
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2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Women of the Blue and Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies By Marianne Monson: Book Review

Product Details

  • Title: Women of the Blue and Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (August 7, 2018)
  • Genre: Historical Non-Fiction
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629724157
  • **I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review**

Book Summary
Hidden amongst the photographs, uniforms, revolvers, and war medals of the Civil War are the remarkable stories of some of the most unlikely heroes--women.

North, South, black, white, Native American, immigrant--the women in these micro-drama biographies are wives, mothers, sisters, and friends whose purposes ranged from supporting husbands and sons during wartime to counseling President Lincoln on strategy, from tending to the wounded on the battlefield to spiriting away slaves through the Underground Railroad, from donning a uniform and fighting unrecognized alongside the men to working as spies for either side.

This book brings to light the incredible stories of women from the Civil War that remain relevant to our nation today. Each woman's experience helps us see a truer, fuller, richer version of what really happened in this country during this time period.

My Review
In college I had a minor in history. One of the classes I took was about the Civil War. I didn't learn as much about the women of this time period as I would have liked, so I was so excited to read Women of the Blue and Gray. This book does not read like a history book, but more as a novel full of very interesting and incredible stories. Monson is a fantastic storyteller. Women were doing such amazing things during the Civil War on both sides the North and the South. Some of those things were ones I had never heard about. These women were spies, soldiers, smugglers,and rebel rousers.

Some of the chapters you will find in this book are:

  • The Beardless Brigade:Civil War Soldiers
  • Tales of Smuggling, Espionage, and General Subterfuge
  • Voices From Slavery
  • Dr. Mary Walker: Civil War Surgeon and Activist
  • Anna Ella Carroll:Military Strategist and Political Advisor
The wonderful thing about this book is that women of many races are represented: black, white, and Native American. It shows the courage of women from all facets of life, rich or poor, slave or free and also immigrants. The stories are so inspiring and make you realize how much women truly contributed to the success, especially the North, in keeping our nation together.

I highly recommend this book to historians, teachers, and those that love reading of brave historical people who changed lives others along the way. This book with it's true stories, speeches, actual letters and photographs will help you see the Civil War and it's women in a new light. 

Meet Author: Marianne Monson
Marianne Monson has worked with books her whole life, as an editor, a passionate reader, and an author. She is the author of nine books and counting, including historical fiction, children's books, and young adult novels. She teaches at Portland Community College, and her two children love writing almost as much as she does.

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