19 December 2012

Civil War Soldier ANNIE Lillybridge Of Detroit

The University of Texas at Tyler featured a webpage entitled Women Soldiers, Spies and Vivandieres: Articles from Civil War Newspapers. Included in the article was Annie Lillybridge of Detroit.

Cupid and Mars--The Adventures of a Female Soldier.
A few weeks ago a young woman arrived in Chicago from Louisville, Ky., whose history is thus recorded in the Post, of that city:
She gave her name as Annie Lillybridge, of Detroit, and stated that her parents reside in Hamilton, Canada. Last spring she was employed in a dry goods store in Detroit, where she became acquainted with a Lieutenant W-----, of one of the Michigan regiments, and an intimacy immediately sprang up between them. They corresponded for some time, and became much attached to each other. ...she resolved upon this course than she proceeded to act. Purchasing male attire, she visited Ionia, enlisted in Captain Kavanagh's company [B], twenty-first regiment. 

The blue coats and how they lived, fought and died for the Union: with ..., by John Truesdale, published in 1867, also included the story.


The article is also featured in the 21st Michigan Volunteers Infantry website (also here).  An additional insight from that website:  "there is some research to suggest the the unidentified Lieutenant W... is Lieutenant Wells."

Muster-In Roll for Captain James Cavanaugh, Company B, Twenty-first Vol. Infantry:
59-14 Ovs 32 Folder 04 Doc 5

A NPS publication stated that Annie was found shot in the arm after the Battle of Pea Ridge and was taken to the hospital at Louisville.  She swapped discharge with Joseph Henderson to reenlist.

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