These novels aren't fanciful in premise. In actuality, there were many women who disguised their sex and fought in the US Civil War and in earlier battles, but recognition of and pride in their accomplishments has often been long in coming. These works of fiction, some of which are based on the lives of specific historical women, help to spread word about their deeds and heroism in the popular consciousness.
A young woman who had been fighting for the Union in disguise has to hide her loyalties after she's wounded and gets trapped behind Confederate lines. RiverNorth, June 2014.
A rare novel that looks at this scenario from the Confederate side, as two Southern sisters enlist in the Confederate army as new recruits, their secret known only to one another. The so-authors are sisters as well. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2015.
Her husband being too weak to go to war, an Indiana farm wife dons male garb and marches off to fight for the Union. I'll have a review of this new literary novel shortly. Little Brown, September 2014.
Believing her place is with her newly-wed husband, Rosetta Wakefield secretly follows him into the Union ranks, fighting alongside him and proving her worth in battle. Loosely based on the life of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman. Crown, January 2014; out in paperback in September, with a beautiful new cover.
This novel about Massachusetts heroine Deborah Sampson shows her external and internal transformations during her service in the Revolutionary War. See my review of Revolutionary as well as Alex Myers' guest post here. Simon & Schuster, January 2014.
From the author of the 4-book Far Western Civil War series comes a new novel about Emma Edmonds, who signed on with the 2nd Michigan Volunteers under the name Frank Thompson. BookView Cafe, April 2014.