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Saturday, December 20, 2008

HEY, THAT DUDE WAS NOT A DUDE!

Yes, Emma Edmonds really was a woman, but she fooled the Confederates she was assigned to spy on into thinking she was a man again and again:

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Note: Emma served as a soldier for a time during the war. So how did she pass the physical exam, you ask? In most jurisdictions, soldier candidates were examined fully clothed: they were really only checked to be sure that they had trigger fingers, an eye to aim with, and their two front teeth (they needed them to bite open black powder cartridges).

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