A gallant female soldier.--Doctor Mary E. Walker
writes from Chattanooga
an account of a singular case of female martial spirit and patriotic devotion to the flag:
Frances Hook's parents died when she was only three years old, and left her, with a brother, in Chicago, Illinois
Soon after the war commenced, she and her brother enlisted in the Sixty-fifth “Home Guards,” Frances assuming the name of “Frank Miller
She served three months, and was mustered out, without the slightest suspicion of her sex having arisen.
She then enlisted in the Ninetieth Illinois, and was taken prisoner in a battle near Chattanooga
She attempted to escape, and was shot through the calf of one of her limbs while said limbs were doing their duty in the attempt.
The rebels searched her person for papers, and discovered her sex. The rascals respected her as a woman, and gave her a separate room while in prison at Atlanta, Georgia
During her captivity, she received a letter from Jeff Davis
, offering her a Lieutenant
's commission if
she would enlist in their army.
She had no home and no relatives; but she said she preferred to fight as a private soldier for the Stars and Stripes, rather than be honored with a commission from the rebs.
About two weeks ago she was exchanged.
The insurgents tried to extort from her a promise that she would go home, and not enter the service again.
she said; “my only brother was killed at Pittsburgh Landing
, and I have no home — no friends!”
describes Frank as of about medium height, with dark hazel eyes, dark brown hair, rounded features, and feminine voice and appearance.
W. is well versed in human nature, as well as anatomy, and she believes that justice to the young woman in question requires that she should be commissioned a lieutenant in the army.
also argues that Congress should assign women to duty in the army, with compensation, as well as colored men, averring that patriotism has no sex. Whether the President
will commission Miss Hook as a lieutenant, or Congress will draft Mrs. Walker
's countrywomen into the service, we know not; but we are certain that the “Doctor
” is thoroughly in earnest, and that the story of her new protegee
is an interesting one.--Washington Republican