Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise

Historical Figures

  • Ellen Craft: known for her remarkable escape from slavery in which she posed as a young male slave owner and her husband William as his slave  Click here for more information on Ellen Craft
  • Harriet Tubman: an escaped slave who became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, leading slaves to freedom before the Civil War who was also a nurse, a Union spy and a women’s suffrage supporter  Click here for more information on Harriet Tubman
  • Joan of Arc: a national heroine of France, who at age 18 led the French army to victory over the English at Orléans, at times cropping her hair and wearing men’s clothes to be a soldier in disguise  Click here for more information on Joan of Arc
  • John Rock: a passionate abolitionist and civil rights leader who was one of the first African-American men to earn a medical degree and was the first black person to be admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States  Click here for more information on John Rock
  • Molly Pitcher: a heroine of the Revolutionary War, Molly Pitcher was the nickname of a woman said to have carried water to American soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth, before taking over for her husband on the battlefield after he was no longer able to fight  Click here for more information on Molly Pitcher

Historical Events and Places

Stand Out Soldiers

  • Women in the Civil War

Origins of Service

  • The US Army traces women’s role in war times throughout history


  • The history of women in the US Military

Secret Women Soldiers

  • The who, what, where, when, why, and how

The Incredible Women Who Fought WWI

  • A Buzzfeed photo gallery of women who fought in WWI