Barbara Dunavant Unknown Soldier


Barbara Dunavant became one of the unknown women disguised as Confederate soldiers serving during the war. This came to light, when a comrade Thomas Pinckney wrote My Reminiscences of the War and Reconstruction. He was a member of the 4th South Carolina Cavalry captured and sent to Alton, Illinois penitentiary. On May 31, 1864, Pinckney discovered that one of the prisoners was actually a woman. The Prisoner was Barbara Ann Dunavant of Tennessee. However her comrades didn’t let on to their captors. After Barbara’s death on Sep. 28, 1863 her gender was discovered. Despite their discovery, Duravant’s was buried  in the Alton Confederate Prison  with her comrades.

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