Jane Short Adventurist/Soldier


Jane Short, was looking for adventure. Jane, alias Charley Davis, enlisted in a Missouri Union infantry regiment in 1861. She later explained she was “pining for the excitement of glorious war.” Jane was injured during the Battle of Shiloh. Despite that her sex was not discovered, until she became ill a few month later. She was discharged, but enlisted along with another woman. Jane was a drummer and the other soldier was a teamster. They wanted to do their small share toward “licking the rebs.”Jenny eventually gave up her life of adventure for one of peace.

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