William McKinley during his Civil War service. The experience left such a strong impression on him that as president decades later he resisted America's entry into the Spanish American War until Congress forced his hand.
Matilda "Tillie" Pierce Alleman was 15 at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. Her memoir "At Gettysburg, Or What A Girl Saw And Heard Of The Battle" is one of the best-known accounts of a civilian's experience of a Civil War battle.
In the Swan's Shadow: Serenade to Miss Major Pauline Cushman, New York Times, June 1864
A very rare CDV photo of "The Ghoul Of Gettysburg" This unidentified man according to local lore was arrested for robbing dead bodies on the Gettysburg Battlefield in the days following the battle. Little is known about this person or event. His photo was sold by local photographers. It was not a very popular view so very little were sold and even fewer exist today.
The women who fought as men: Rare Civil War pictures of female soldiers who dressed up as males to fight
Union cavalryman Jack Williams fought in 18 battles and was wounded three times and taken prisoner once. He was later revealed to be Frances Clalin a mother of three from Illinois. American Civil War (V)
Carte de visite by Mathew Brady of New York, N. Charles Armory Clark (right) served as a captain in the Sixth Maine Infantry, and received the Medal of Honor for his conduct at Brooks Ford, Va., on May James William Clark (left) served as .
Disguised as a man, Frances Clayton served many months in Missouri artillery and cavalry units. (By courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library)
Pauline Cushman (Born Harriet Wood) (June 1833 – December wearing an officer's uniform. The photograph was taken between January and June She was an American actress and a spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War.