Black Women's Bravery During the Civil War: Background information when reading Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

by Sarah Bird

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Black Women's Bravery During the Civil War

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Cathy WilliamsHistorian Shelby Foote called the Civil War, "the crossroads of our being." It defined humanity and the principles that govern American morality. With freedom as the one virtue worth fighting for, it is no wonder that women of color chose to walk the tightrope of danger and secrecy and participate in the war. Cathy Williams – a real-life ex-slave-turned-soldier and central character in Sarah Bird's Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen – was one of many. Three other heroes are explored below.

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman was a scout for the Union Army. In 1861, she volunteered under General Benjamin Butler, the only general who was a person of color. On June 2, 1863 she guided a troop of 150 black soldiers from the Second South Carolina battalion on the Combahee River. The plan was a surprise attack on slave owners; she and Colonel James Montgomery freed 750 slaves. Tough and relentless, Tubman disguised herself and slipped in and out of the Confederate lines to get information and ...

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