About Shelby Harriell

Forbidden, Hidden, and Forgotten: Women Soldiers of the Civil War

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women boldly defied Victorian societal norms when they disguised themselves as men, shouldered muskets, and joined the firing line.  As soldiers, they participated in every major engagement from the beginning to the end of the Civil War.

Their wartime experiences and sacrifices mirrored those of their male counterparts.  They served picket duty along the snowy banks of the Rappahannock, languished in Andersonville, suffered debilitating wounds during the Wilderness, succumbed to disease in New Orleans, and lost their lives during Pickett’s charge.

WHY  did these women risk the shame that discovery would bring them and their families?  WHY did they risk their lives fighting a man’s war?  During this audio/visual presentation, you will learn the answer in their own words.   In addition, hear generals, common soldiers, and ordinary citizens describe their interactions with these women warriors.

Shelby Harriel received her B.A. in History with a minor in mathematics in May, 1997 and her M.Ed. with an emphasis in mathematics and history in 2005.  She earned both degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Shelby has been teaching mathematics at Pearl River Community College since 2007.