At the end of the Civil War, Cathy Williams, a freed slave who spent the last year of the war as a cook’s assistant for Union General Philip Sheridan, has only a few grim options for survival: become a laundress earning a pittance, return to the farm under slavelike conditions, or prostitution. Cathy makes the ultimate feminist choice: she joins the newly formed Buffalo Soldiers unit and lives disguised as a man for over two years. She does it for the adventure and because a man in the army makes thirteen dollars a month. The novel is based on a true story.
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Contributor: Patrick Kelly from Sunlit Story Time