In 1861, when war erupted between the States, President Lincoln made an impassioned plea for volunteers. Determined not
to remain on the sidelines, Emma Edmonds cropped her hair, donned men’s clothing, and enlisted in the Union Army. Posing
in turn as a slave, peddler, washerwoman, and fop, Emma became a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death
at every turn behind Confederate lines.