Woman Soldier

Disguised as a man, Frances Chalin served many months in Missouri artillary and calvary units. (By courtesy of the Boston Public Library)

1. How did you disguise yourself as a man to serve in the army? Would women be able to serve as men in the United States army today? Why or why not?

2. How were you viewed by society for not following traditional rules?


3. Write a letter to home addressing the obstacles you have faced, discrimination, and punishments you have endured. Comment on another one of your famous fellow lady soldiers.

You will need to use lots of adjectives. By reading your letter, family and friends should be able to understand the enormous hardships you encounter as a woman soldier.

To wrap up this webquest, you will present your letter to the class. This is where your character will come alive! You will come dressed as your character and reveal your identity through the letter. You will be graded on your enthusiasm and creativity. You will really have to get to know your character so that you can best portray that person.

You should read the information contained at each site thoroughly with your individual role and task in mind..
Women Soldiers in the War

Remember the Ladies

American Civil War Home Page


Civil War for Kids

Civil War ThinkQuest

Documentaries of 2 Communities

Life in Civil War America