Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
California newspaper, 1925. Mrs. Annie De Pue Glud emerged from the Civil War closet where so many female soldiers remained behind frock coats. ' Tommy Hunley ', 11 years old that day in 1862 trailed off to war in her father's wake. One, more drummer boy.
Veterans did not tend to tolerate frauds. That Annie Glud belonged to the GAR means Tommy Hunley saw war.
With thanks to @John Hartwell ( again ) for the ' referral '. A huge amount of ' female soldier ' accounts are dismissed as apocryphal or women looking for attention or heck, plain old made up. Like they were Bigfoot sightings. Number of reasons women did not come forward post war- being called a liar was high on that list.
May 4th, 1926, Casper Star Tribune.
WELL. Poking around in the story of 11 year old Tennessee drummer Tommy, the girl who followed her father to war, did not expect to find much. Found a LOT. First indication her story held water was she belonged to her local GAR. That's awfully significant. Ever read the wonderful, post-war running arguments carried on week after week in newspapers? Veterans yanked down pants and petticoats in a big hurry when it came to veracity. Century Magazine compiled quite a few into " Hearts Of Fire ", best, ever source for war stories. You slipped not, one artillery placement by the vets. Annie Glud may have been wealthy ( a gold mine discovering real estate agent by 1910 ), but you couldn't buy your way into acceptance by veterans.
Annie De Pue, not quite 10 as war split her state, watched brothers enlist in both armies. Transpires her father stayed with the Union, enlisted and took his daughter with him when marching off to war. Some babysitter huh? I can't find the family in Tennessee in 1860 but that could easily be due to ' De Pue ' being mangled on census records. It's certainly ' De Pue ' on her marriage record. She married Paul Glud, a Danish shipping mogul. May have met rubbing elbows with others in our select club of uber wealthy- she's attached to a gold discovery somewhere around 1897.
Like a lot of veterans, her self-told war story is devoid of frills.
Must discover why the Grant reference- could be a term of phrase only, could have been added as enticement - like the story of an 11 year girl drummer required embellishment. Only part which seems doubtful, cannot imagine Grant accepting a little girl's presence as drummer. Still looking for a longer version of Annie's time spent as Tommy.
Who knows why Annie's father took his daughter to war? Maybe her mother died and it seemed safer, bullets notwithstanding under his eye than it was exposed to 2 armies swarming their state. Still looking!
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