The Civil War in Missouri

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Pass Issued to Mrs. Mary Sullivan, Laundress with the 18th Missouri Infantry (Union)

1863
MHM Archives

Women were at the war front even if they weren’t fighting in uniform. Women operated as spies, saboteurs, prostitutes, and nurses, and they provided a number of support services by working as laundresses, cooks, or servants. As this transport pass illustrates, women traveled with the armies wherever they went.