In any war, and this was especially true in the Civil War, the women who were at home in the combat areas had to be brave, self reliant, feisty, witty, quick of mind and at times, arrogant and defiant to protect their families, homes, farms, etc. If they were faced with enemy soldiers they could be and were brave, but they could also be impudent, insolent and insulting. This was especially true when the Yankees from and in Missouri came face to face with women of the “Southern Persuasion” and is obvious in the following after action report. The report is located on Page 412, Series I, Vol. 22, Part II Correspondence in the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.
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