Monday, April 27, 2015

W is for Cathay Williams

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Cathay Williams
(1844 - 1892)

Enlisting as William Cathay, she was the first African American woman to enlist in the Army.  The source seems slightly confusing, saying she was examined by a Army surgeon in order to enlist and also hospitalized at least five times, but no one knew she was female.  Doesn't say much for the medical staff back then!

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