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African American Women in the Armed Forces, Part 1: Cathay Williams AKA William Cathay, the First Known Black Female Soldier

It is almost impossible to discuss African American Women in the Armed Forces without mentioning the very first known Black female soldier, Cathay Williams, also known as William Cathay. Cathay, born November 4, 1842, was an enslaved young woman who was emancipated by Union Soldiers...

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