Day 18: Cathay Williams

The first African American woman to ENLIST in the military, and she passed herself off as a man named William Cathay.

She served in the “fought” in the American Civil War from impressment, but enlisted afterward from 1866 to 1868, when she was discharged by her commanding officer.

She died in 1892, in Colorado.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathay_Williams

http://www.army.mil/africanamericans/profiles/williams.html

I have to put a side note.. I’ve been through a military examination; during a time when women weren’t allowed in the military and she was examined, how in the hell did they NOT know she was a woman? (Read the army link)

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