Do you believe that the women had the worst experience during the Civil War? Why or Why not?

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Both men and women experienced hardship and suffering during the Civil War.  Many men served in both the Union and Confederate armies.  While serving in the military, the men experienced the horrors of war.  Bloody battles and devastating diseases were commonplace.

Most women stayed at home while their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons went off to battle.  At home, women faced their own hardships.  They experienced loneliness as they missed their family members who were away or who had died in battle.  Women's workloads increased because so many men were off fighting.  Food was scarce in many parts of the South.  Sometimes their backyards became battlefields.  Sherman burned cities and towns throughout the South, and many women and children had to flee.  There were also major battles in the North, such as Gettysburg.  

Some women served as volunteer nurses.  They had to work long hours and assist in medical care and surgeries with limited supplies.  A small amount of women even served as spies.

Women faced different kinds of hardships than men in many ways.  Based on the evidence, do you think women had a worse experience?  Were their hardships more difficult to endure?

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