The Smithville Community Historical Society will hold it's monthly meeting on Monday, November 5 at 7 P.M. at the Historic Church of God at 147 N. Milton Street in Smithville. In the business meeting we will discuss the upcoming Christmas in the Village and the events held with it. We will also be preparing for elections of officers.
Our program for the evening will be “Emma The Spy, Hidden in Plain View,” Sara Emma Edmonds was a woman of many disguises to aid the Union Army during the Civil War. She enlisted in the Union Army in Michigan as a man, to escape a perarranged marriage. Emma would pose as a soldier, a slave, an Irish peddler woman and a Kentucky gentleman to name a few. Emma was born in December, 1841 in Canada but moved to Michigan and enlisted at Detroit on May 25, 1861.
It was not known until 20 years later the truth of her identity, Congress declared Edmonds a combat soldier of the Civil War and granted her a pension. She wrote her autobiography of her adventures during the Civil War, “Nurse and Spy in the Union Army,” with the proceeds from the book going to the Christian and Sanitary Commissions, a soldiers' aid society. She is the only woman to have received the GAR bronze star on her grave in Huston Texas and was buried with full military honors.
Join us as Kathy Kraus a retire Medina school teacher presents a more complete story of “Emma the Spy.”