by Anita Silvey
Back during the Civil War, women could not join the military. But many women wanted to fight and joined the army disguised as men. This book talks about the reasons they joined up, the ways they had to disguise their identities, and how they got along once they were in the war. Women didn't wear pants then, so they had to get used to walking without their hoop skirts! And they needed to act like men, so they learned to spit and swear too. There are lots of great photographs of the women in their disguises and other interesting information about the Civil War.