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    [Female Union Soldier]. Frances Hook Carte de Visite. Seen in an oval waist up portrait, young Frances Hook is wearing the uniform of a Union soldier. The photograph is surrounded by an ornate border printed on a T. J. Merritt's National Portrait Gallery, Nashville mount measuring 2.5" x 4". She is identified on the verso by one of her aliases, "Frank Henderson / Co. G, 90th Illinois," as well as in a pencil inscription below the backstamp giving her true identity. Light toning in the upper right corner does not affect the image. Mounting remnants are seen in the upper right and lower left corners.

    Frances Hook was fourteen years old when she enlisted with her brother, who had raised her since the age of three following the death of their parents, in the 11th Illinois Infantry. Posing as Frank Miller, Hook served her ninety day enlistment without discovery. The pair re-enlisted and fought at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson before her brother was killed at the Battle of Shiloh. She left her old regiment and, as Frank Henderson, she enlisted in the 33rd Illinois and was wounded at the Battle of Fredericktown. While receiving medical care, her gender was discovered and she was promptly discharged. She then enlisted in the 90th Illinois and served during the Siege of Vicksburg and Battle of Missionary Ridge. She was captured in the summer of 1863 and sent to a prison in Atlanta. Attempting to escape, she was wounded in the thigh where she was again discovered to be a woman. She was exchanged in February 1864 and was discharged. Reports as to her further activities vary, but Hook eventually married and had a daughter.


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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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