By Bob Hurst. During the War for Southern Independence, that great conflagration that was waged from 1861 to 1865, there were in the Confederate Army a total of approximately 1,050,000 service members. Of these 1-million-plus individuals, there were roughly 3,000 who were commissioned officers.
Of these officers, there was exactly one who was female. Her name was Sally Louisa Tompkins. Here is her remarkable story—and also the story of Ella King Newsom, another angel of the Confederacy. [Read the entire article as PDF…]