Author will tell stories of woman soldiers in the Civil War at Round Table event

Author will tell stories of woman soldiers in the Civil War at Round Table event


Author and historian Shelby Harriel will present at the Sunday, June 9, 2019,  Franklin Civil War Round Table the unique stories of female soldiers who stood shoulder to shoulder with men on the firing lines. Harriel is the author of Behind the Rifle: Women Soldiers in the Civil War at the Franklin Civil War Round Table.

woman soldiersIt tells the story of soldiers who were disguised as men and had many reasons for going to war. Often times, they wanted to be near their husbands or other loved ones, and some simply sought adventure. Harriel’s research has revealed women served in picket duty along the Rappahannock, suffered in Andersonville, and incurred wounds in battles such as Gettysburg and the Wilderness.

Shelby Harriel received her B.A. in History from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and later her M.Ed at USM. She has written numerous Civil War articles for various publications and has spoken to many groups such as the Louisiana Civil war Round Table and the Louisiana Historical Association’s annual meeting. Her new book, “Behind the Rifle:  Women Soldiers in the Civil War Mississippi”, has just been released by the University of Mississippi Press. She last appeared at the FCWRT in 2016 and we are pleased to have her back.  Her book will be available for purchase.

This Franklin Civil War Round Table event will be held beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at Carnton’s Fleming Center on the Eastern Flank Battlefield, Franklin. The public is invited. For more information contact

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