Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Civil War Oddities #33

Mrs. Bridget Divers, (“Irish Biddy”) wife of a private of the 1st Michigan Cavalry, won fame in the war by standing picket duty day and night, riding on raids against the Rebels, and taking the places of officers in emergencies. She once rode twelve miles to reclaim the body of a captain, and brought it into camp on horseback, having been passed by the Confederate because of her sex.

Biddy served as a nurse and surgeon, and was familiar to thousands of troops, a stout, leathery-faced little woman with bleached hair and a cherry disposition. In at least one instance, in the battle of Fair Oaks / Seven Pines, she rallied a retreating Federal regiment and took it back into action.

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