High Hearts

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Brown, Rita Mae. High Hearts. New York: Bantam, 1986.

Geneva Chatfield dresses as a man to follow her husband into the Confederate cavalry; meanwhile, back at home, women black and white keep life going during the War.

Exhaustively researched celebration of a phenomenon that was often seen during the War: women in combat units, either following men or making their own way as soldiers, as Geneva does. (See Blanton & Cook's They Fought Like Demons.) Copious exposition somewhat detracts from the story here, however..

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