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Women Fought in Civil War in Disguise



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    GETTYSBURG, PA - JUNE 29: Confederate Civil War re-enactors from Hood's Texas Brigade march into position for an evening attack on Union troops as part of a three-day Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment on June 29, 2013 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Some 8,000 re-enactors from the Blue Gray Alliance are participating in events marking the 150th anniversary of the July 1-3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was defeated on the third day of the battle, considered the turning point in the American Civil War and a watershed moment in the nation's history. Union and Confederate armies suffered a combined total of some 46,000-51,000 casualties over three days, the highest of any battle the four-year war. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    Two women who disguise themselves as male soldiers at Civil War events are discussing the real-life stories of women who served in the War Between the States.

    Audrey Scanlan-Teller and Tracey McIntire are the featured speakers Saturday afternoon at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick.

    Researchers have documented more than 200 cases of women who took up arms despite a prohibition on female fighters.

    Modern women have sometimes had to fight for the right to present themselves as Civil War soldiers.

    Scanlan-Teller was initially denied a role in the 2011 sesquicentennial of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, South Carolina, because of her gender. She was allowed in after citing a 1993 federal court decision barring gender discrimination at National Park Service events.