Sunday, June 28, 2009

Crossdressing in the Civil War

Today, George Hollins and his group of Confederate sympathizers commandered a steamship in Cheasapeake Bay. Hollins dressed as a woman and boarded the ship with his confederates. His costume, it was said, allowed him to masquerade as a rather unattractive woman.

The disguise worked because he and his friends boarded the ship and took it. With their new vessel, they attempted to find the warship USS Pawnee. When that effort failed, they attacked three commercial vessels and took them.

These men seemed to be among the first Confederate privateers. In his disguise, Hollins was a trailblazer.

Do any of you know any decent Civil War crossdressing stories? It's off the beaten path but that will make it fun.

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