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Monday, April 27, 2015

W is for Cathay Williams

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Cathay Williams
(1844 - 1892)

Enlisting as William Cathay, she was the first African American woman to enlist in the Army.  The source seems slightly confusing, saying she was examined by a Army surgeon in order to enlist and also hospitalized at least five times, but no one knew she was female.  Doesn't say much for the medical staff back then!

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4 comments:

  1. Guess they didn't check too close...

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    1. They must have just checked to make sure she had 2 arms and 2 legs and a finger to pull a trigger and that was it!

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  2. That is kind of cool. I am going to have to look her up and read her story.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires
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    1. I didn't find much about her, I'd like to read more about her, too.

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