The Role of Women in the Civil War


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1. In which region did women suffer the most and why?

2. Why did Dorothea Dix not want her nurses to entertain any 'romantic notions' about nursing during the Civil War?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Women were involved in the Civil War in many ways, ranging from nursing to spying. This quiz and worksheet address how women aided in the war effort in both the North and South, and they identify some specific women and their contributions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the names of specific women in the Civil War and the things that women did during this war, including the following:

  • Prominent women in the Confederacy and Union and what roles they served
  • What kinds of items women supplied to soldiers
  • The duties of the U.S. Sanitary Commission

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension: ensure that you draw the most important information about women in the Civil War
  • Information recall: access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ways in which women played pivotal roles during the Civil War
  • Knowledge application: use your knowledge to answer questions about specific jobs and responsibilities women assumed during the Civil War

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on The Role of Women in the Civil War. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Ways in which women assisted during the war
  • How women assumed expanded roles at home
  • Hardships faced by women during the Civil War
  • Noted female Confederate and Union spies
  • The increase of women nurses in the Civil War era