These were no damsels in distress!
Did you know that a woman named Kady Brownell was the color bearer for 5th Rhode Island infantry? She braved enemy fire at Bull Run to hold her banner high! Or that Dr. Mary Walker, a battlefield surgeon, was the first and only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor? These women, and many more, marched alongside the soldiers and were on the battlefields of the American Civil War. They were both respected and admired by their male comrades. Stephanie Ford regularly speaks at historical societies and participates in reenactments as a vivandière. Through her thorough research comes a compelling collection of stories of remarkable women from both sides of the conflict.
About the Author
Stephanie Ford is an illustrator, educator, and Civil War enthusiast. She gives presentations to reenactors and historical societies on a number of topics related to the 19th century and frontier life. Ford earned degrees in art and history before earning a master’s in education and English from Texas Women’s University. She teaches high school art and English, is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Texas Art Education Association, and Women Artists of the West.
Gunpowder on Their Skirts
Military Heroines for the Blue and Gray
Written and illustrated by Stephanie Ford
96 pp. 8 x 10 b/w illus. Glossary
JUVENILE NONFICTION/Biography & Autobiography/Women
JUVENILE NONFICTION/History/United States/Civil War Period (1850-1877)
JUVENILE NONFICTION/Biography & Autobiography/Historical
Age & grade: 9-15 & 4th-8th
Reading ease: 68.7 Flesch-Kincaid grade level: 4.6