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Frances Clalin Clayton

Frances Clalin Clayton was a woman who disguised herself as a man (called Jack Williams) in the Civil War. She was wounded at the battles of Shiloh and Stone River.

While she was born in Illinois, she served in the Missouri cavalry and artillery for several months, along with her husband who was killed in battle. She later married Elmer L. Clayton and had three children. They had a farm in Minnesota.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Samuel Masury photographer
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Interesting picture. I was thinking before I read your comments that she looked a lot like a man. LOL
Nov 20, 2011 1:22 pm reply
Suzanne - I thought the same thing! ;) But she followed her first husband into battle (where he died) and married again and had three children, so . . . she had to be all woman! However, it must have been easy for her to disguise herself as a man!
Nov 21, 2011 12:07 am reply
Photo taken at Missouri USA on
Frances Clalin Clayton

Frances Clalin Clayton

Mini-biography
Born: 1830
Died: unknown
Also in this photo: Frances Clalin Clayton at 35 years old