U.S. Mail wagon, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac, ca. 1864. The clover painted on the side of the wagon was the insignia of the 2nd Corps: red for the 1st Division, white for the 2nd Division, and blue for the 3rd Division.
A regimental surgeon during the American Civil War was responsible for the health and well-being of about 700 men and officers. A single battle could send hundreds of dying and wounded men to the surgeons tents.
Leaving her homeland of Canada to escape her overbearing father, Sarah Emma Edmonds enlisted in the U.S. Union Army during the Civil War, posing as a man named Frank Thompson. Her skill with disguise was such, she was offered a gig as a spy, in which she flourished. She petitioned the War Department, and was eventually officially recognized as a veteran of the Civil War. Read about her and nine other women you should know.