A State Divided Speaker Series

If It Looks Like a Man: Gender Identity, Female Soldiers, and “Lady Bushwhackers” in the Civil War

Sunday, April 19th, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Jesse James Farm & Museum 

61DT5f1XWrL._UX250_.jpgDuring the American Civil War, hundreds of women cut their hair, bound their breasts, donned men’s clothing, and reported to Union or Confederate army recruiters. Others served as scouts and spies. Diane Eickhoff will speak about how the war allowed women to defy traditional gender expectations for proper female conduct during Missouri’s Civil War.


Ms. Eickhoff is a former textbook editor turned historian and humanities scholar. She is the author of Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights and co-author of The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region. She will be signing copies of her book after the presentation. 
The presentation is free, and open to the public, no reservations required. Admission will apply to the Jesse James Farm & Museum, including the traveling exhibit A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri, and guided tours of the historic James Family home. Call (816)736-8500 for more information. 

contact us

Public Services Division
Historic Sites

Elizabeth Gilliam-Beckett

Clay County Historic Sites
21216 James Farm Rd.
Kearney, Missouri 64060

phone: (816) 736-8500
fax: (816) 736-8501

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