Soldier, Sister, Spy, Scout: Women Soldiers and Patriots on the Western Frontier

Soldier, Sister, Spy, Scout: Women Soldiers and Patriots on the Western Frontier

by Chris Enss, Joann Chartier


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From the earliest days of the western frontier, women heeded the call to go west along with their husbands, sweethearts, and parents. Many of these women were attached to the army camps and outposts that dotted the prairies. Some were active participants in the skirmishes and battles that took place in the western territories. Each of these women-wives, mothers, daughters, laundresses, soldiers, and shamans-risked their lives in unsettled lands, facing such challenges as bearing children in primitive conditions and defying military orders in an effort to save innocent people.

Soldier, Sister, Spy, Scout tells the story of twelve such brave women-Buffalo Soldiers, scouts, interpreters, nurses, and others-who served their country in the early frontier. These heroic women displayed a depth of courage and physical bravery not found in many men of the time. Their remarkable commitment and willingness to throw off the constraints of nineteenth-century conventions helped build the west for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493023394
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.21(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Chris Enss is an author, scriptwriter and comedienne who has written for television and film, and performed on cruise ships and on stage. She has worked with award-winning musicians, writers, directors, producers, and as a screenwriter for Tricor Entertainment, but her passion is for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West. Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her books. She’s written or co-written more than two dozen books for TwoDot. She lives in Grass Valley, California.

JoAnn Chartier is a former broadcast journalist and talk-show host whose writing had earned regional and national awards. She lives in Oregon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Francita Alavez-Angel of Goliad 1

Chapter 2 Juana Navarro Alsbury-Alamo Survivor 11

Chapter 3 Susan Shelby Magoffin-Bride of the Santa Fe Trail 23

Chapter 4 Frances Boyd-The Lieutenant's Wife 37

Chapter 5 Cathy Williams-Buffalo Soldier 51

Chapter 6 Charley Hatfield-Gallant Rebel 67

Chapter 7 Winema-Woman Chief 81

Chapter 8 Elizabeth Custer-Champion of the Seventh 93

Chapter 9 Lozen-The Warrior Shaman 109

Chapter 10 Sarah Winnemucca-Paiute Princess 119

Chapter 11 Calamity Jane-Mysterious Marvel 135

Chapter 12 Juliet Fish Nichols-Lighthouse Keeper 147

Chapter 13 Pauline Cushman-Spy of the Cumberland 159

Bibliography 175

Index 185

About the Authors 196

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