Presentation on women soldiers in Civil War to take place Saturday in Lawrence

At least 250 women soldiers documented, presenter says

Clinton Lake Historical Society will host “Women Soldiers of the Civil War,” a presentation and discussion by Aaron Barnhart, at 6 p.m. Saturday at Clinton Presbyterian Church, 588 N. 1200 Road in Lawrence.

“In this program we explore the various motivations that led women in the North and South to dress themselves in men’s clothing and slip into the armies of the Union and Confederacy,” Barnhart said.

The program will touch on five women soldiers, including two with Kansas and Missouri connections, Barnhart said.

At least 250 cases of female soldiers have been documented. Barnhart said hundreds more probably went undocumented.

“These add a new dimension to our understanding of America’s greatest conflict,” he said.

The free event is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

For information, contact the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum at (785) 783-4420.

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