Updated: May 30
Earlier today I posted a Blog about the first woman to enlist in the United States Armed Forces. While that is a true fact, there was actually one woman who joined the US Army before her who's story I would also like to share.
"Her name was Private Cathay Williams and was the only woman to serve in the US Army as a Buffalo Soldier. She enlisted under the false name of "William Cathay" on November 15, 1866, passing herself off as a man.
Williams was assigned to the 38th U.S. Infantry Regiment after she passed the cursory medical examination. Though this exam should have outed her as a woman, the Army did not require full medical exams at this time." - National Parks Service
For her complete biography please click on the following link.
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