Free with Museum Admission
Did you know that as many as 1,000 women fought in the American Civil War? You might not be able to tell if you took a look at a historical reenactment today. In celebration of Women’s History Month, meet Living Historians who recreate and share the underrepresented and contested contributions to war efforts by women who openly served in combat roles and women who disguised themselves as men to enlist, as well as individuals who may not have identified as one gender.
Join us to explore how women disguised their appearance to do battle, discover other military roles like that of New York state’s own Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor for her service as a military surgeon during the Civil War), and practice a military drill. After all, Sarah Rosetta Wakeman—a New Yorker who disguised herself to fight—wrote, “I can drill just as well as any man!”
This program’s Living Historians who reenact the American Civil War—a hobby whose military casts are traditionally and predominantly composed of men—is organized by Reenactress, the forthcoming documentary about female Civil War reenactors who cross-dress to portray soldiers on the battlefield.
Logo courtesy of Reenactress.