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Sarah Emma Edmonds

Born: December 1838/1841? - New Brunswick, Canada

Died: September 5 1898 - La Porte, Texas

   At Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, she was an aide to Colonel Orlando M. Poe. At least twice she undertook intelligence missions behind Confederate lines "disguised" as a woman. She accompanied the 2nd Michigan to Kentucky early in 1863 and in April, for reasons that are now unclear, deserted. Taking the name Sarah Edmonds, she worked as a nurse for the United States Christian Commission. In 1865 she published a lurid and very popular fictional account of her experiences as Nurse and Spy in the Union Army.

Note: On 5 July 1884, a special act of Congress granted Emma Edmonds alias Frank Thompson an honorable discharge from the army, plus a bonus and a veteran's pension of twelve dollars a month.


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