Gender During Wartime

Consider Herman Melville's 1866 poem, "On the Photograph of a Corps Commander," from his Civil War collection, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866).

About to be confronted with the wounded men for the first time, Tribulation Periwinkle, the nurse-heroine of Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches, responds by imagining herself a soldier.