They endured physical discomfort and personal criticism, while many of their contributions were unrecognized and unrewarded.
Women stood side by side with fathers, husbands, and sons to nurse and comfort the suffering; they engaged in the danger of spying, chronicled the pain of war, and offered spiritual healing Sheafer, In addition, black women faced racial and gender discrimination as part of their military service.
These pioneering women simultaneously mastered the art of building and sustaining family and community life while dealing with wars. They were practiced folk healers, skilled seamstresses, quilters, knowledgeable parents, gardeners, cooks, and kept a storehouse of history and communal information.
They knew how to press their skills into service for others. Throughout history, their networking and institution-building skills and their commitment to caring and sharing found expression in educational and health care efforts, campaigns to support the troops, and protests against many forms of discrimination Lemke-Santangelo, Black women have always been active participants in the military.
They were always there! Revolutionary War and the War of During the Revolutionary War, African-American women served as spies who kept Colonial authorities informed about the activities of the British.
With the promise of freedom from slavery, they found innovative ways to assist. Phyllis Wheatley expressed appreciation for General George Washington during the Revolutionary War through her writings.
Later, he invited her to visit him at his headquarters in February of They made bandages and took care of sick and wounded sailors. They tended farms so that the white men could go to war knowing that their land, animals, and produce were in good hands.
The Union Army paid black women to raise cotton on plantations for the northern government to sell. Five black nurses served aboard the U. Navy hospital ship - Red Rover.
They also served in both Union and Confederate hospitals. As many as black nurses male and female served in convalescent and U. Women like Harriet Tubman were an inspiration during the Civil War.
She served as a Union spy, an unpaid soldier, a volunteer nurse, and a freedom fighter. She earned the name "General" Tubman from the soldiers in the field.
Her memoirs, published inbecame the only written record of black volunteer nurses in the Civil War Hodges, Another former slave, Susan Taylor King who was raised on an island off the coast of Georgia, became famous for her volunteer service during the Civil War. When Union officers raised the First South Carolina Volunteers an all-black unitshe signed on as a nurse.
Able to read and write, she started a school for black children and soldiers womensmemorial, Colored Troops Hodges, The first colored troops did not receive any pay for 18 months and the men had to depend wholly on what they received from the commissary Finally inthe government decided to give them half pay, but the men would accept none of this.
They preferred rather to give their services to the state, which they did untilwhen the government granted them full pay, with all back due pay. Susan King was never paid for her service.
I was very happy to know my efforts were successful in camp, and also felt grateful for the appreciation of my service.
I gave my services willingly for four years and three months without receiving a dollar. I was glad, however, to be allowed to go with the regiment to care for the sick and afflicted comrades. Following the Civil War, King established another school for freed slaves. On November 15,Cathy Williams enlisted in the U.
Regular Army in St. In June, her company moved to Fort Harker, Kansas. William Cathey apparently withstood the marches as well as any man.
She did garrison duty, drilled, and trained and went on scouts for signs of Indians. In Januaryher health began to deteriorate and she was admitted to the hospital at Fort Cummings. She returned to duty after three days but was re-admitted to the hospital in March but, again, returned to duty after three days.
The fort had suffered a number of raids through the summer.Black soldiers on troop train passing through New Orleans being served chocolates and cigarettes by the Colored Auxiliary of the American Red Cross (Scott, ). American Civil War; Clockwise from top: Battle of Gettysburg, Union Captain John Tidball's artillery, Confederate prisoners, ironclad USS Atlanta, ruins of Richmond, Virginia, Battle of Franklin.
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