This is a compilation of reports by WKYU-FM's Joe Corcoran that is being submitted for Best Series/Documentary in the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters radio awards.
These reports aired March 5, March 12, and March 19, 2012.
Joe's reports tap into the expertise of two Civil War historians in our region who explore how women disguised themselves as men to fight in the war; the impact of women who served as nurses on both sides of the fighting; and the role of women who remained at home and on the farms while the fighting raged on.
As their husbands, sons and fathers went off to fight on the front lines, women who stayed behind had to keep the family going however they could. In this third part of his three-part series Women in the Civil War, Joe Corcoran speaks with WKU Civil War historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glenn LaFantasie about the new gender roles women were forced to take on and how those changes are still being felt today.
The casualty numbers of the Civil War were staggering for both the Union and the Confederacy. They would have been much higher without the thousands of women who volunteered as nurses in hospitals and homes.
One of the best kept secrets of the Civil War is the number of women who disguised themselves as men so they could fight on the front lines. In the first of his three-part series Women in the Civil War, Joe Corcoran speaks with WKU Civil War historians Dr. Glenn LaFantasie and Dr. Jack Thacker about these forgotten warriors.
WKU Military Historian Dr. Jack Thacker and WKU Civil War Historian Dr. Glenn LaFantasie say the battle between the Monitor and Merriman (also known as "the Virginia") had an impact beyond the outcome of the American Civil War.