Women 's Effects On The Civil War

1499 WordsDec 14, 20156 Pages
For a long time, the premise of war was that men would go to war while women stayed home to take care of the children and the towns that were left behind. As a consequence, women are often left out of the main narratives of war. Interestingly, historians looking specifically at women’s effects on the Civil War effort have found that women not only worked indirectly for the war effort in their towns to support the war by making uniforms and ammunition and that some even participated directly in the war by disguising themselves and battling on the front or by acting as spies for both the Union and the South. Women participated in the war effort on both sides in a multitude of ways. Women of all classes found ways to support the war effort. Lower class women often had to work in factories that were making items for the war effort to help support their families after their husbands had gone off to war. While these women were supporting their families, they still chose a job such as sewing uniforms, or making ammunition which would support the war effort and indirectly their husbands on the battlefield. Women that worked in these factory environments in the South were not safe from Union soldiers. By working at a factory that supported the war effort, women were participating in treason in the Union soldiers’ eyes. On July 6, 1864 Sherman and his men raided a textile mill in Roswell, Georgia and took captive the 800 women who were working there, kept all the cloth they had
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