Randy O'Brien's book Gettysburg By Morning is the story of women dressing like men to fight in the Civil War, so they can be with their soldier husbands. Randy said that the females dressed as male soldiers were also at the Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro.
More Details on the book Gettysburg By Morning
It’s July 4, 1861, and the featured speaker at this year’s Independence Day celebration at Concord, MA, is high-spirited and fiercely patriotic Eloise Edwards. She rails against the South’s attack on Fort Sumter and the injustice of slavery. A newspaper article recounting the speech inspires her brother Edward to enlist. The siblings’ father, a War of Independence veteran, dies, and Edward decides he doesn’t want to join the Union army after all and runs away. Heartbroken, Eloise returns to the family telegraph office, committed to a life of boredom and servitude. The disappointment in her brother devastates Eloise. Hear more in the above interview / podcast.
About the Author / Guest
Randy O'Brien retired from WMOT at MTSU, and earlier worked at WGNS. Hear more about him on the above podcast.