Hard Breathing Days: The Civil War Letters of Cora Beach Benton

TitleHard Breathing Days: The Civil War Letters of Cora Beach Benton
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBenton, Cora Beach, and Thomas R. Taber
Number of Pages510
PublisherAlmeron Press
CityAlbion, NY
Abstract

This gripping autobiography by Canadian-born Sarah Emma Edmonds (1841–98) portrays the American Civil War (1861–65) from the perspective of a woman who playedparticipated in different roles in the conflict. Edmonds served as a cross-dressed soldier with in the Union Army during the American Civil War under the name Franklin Thomas, b. But she also helped as a field nurse in numerous battles, including Bull Run, Williamsburg, Antietam and Fredericksburg. In addition, she was a spy and succeeded in penetrating the enemy’s lines in various disguises no less than eleven times, and she saved many lives both through her work as an informant as well as through her nursing skills as a nurse.

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