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Laura Leedy Gansler

Originally posted September 2005

The Mysterious Private Thompson

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In the Civil War, there was a young Union soldier from Michigan named Franklin Thompson, who distinguished himself on the battlefield, but after two years suddenly went missing. The Army never found Private Thompson, because he was actually a "she" -- Canadian-born Sarah Emma Edmonds, who had posed as a man. Her remarkable story is told in Laura Leedy Gansler's book.




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