ByLeigh Stein

Leigh Stein is the author of the novel The Fallback Plan and a book of poems, Dispatch from the Future. Her non-fiction has appeared in Allure, Bookforum online, The LA Review of Books, The New Yorker online, and Poets & Writers. She teaches poetry in the NYC public schools. Follow her @rhymeswithbee.

  1. Previously: Part I.

    On August 3rd, 1862, a nineteen-year-old Irish immigrant named Jennie Hodgers joined the ranks of the 95th Illinois Infantry, successfully passing for a man during a physical examination in which she only had to show her hands and feet. For the next three years, she served as Pvt. Albert D. J. Cashier, engaging in as many as forty battles and skirmishes, where she fought bravely and memorably.

    During the

  2. “The real war will never get in the books.” - Walt Whitman, Specimen Days On the fifth of July, I got up early to lace my mom’s corset. She was 64 years old, and in a couple of hours, she would be standing in a field, washing laundry over a fire pit in a copper tub at the 150th anniversary reenactment of the battle of Gettysburg. The corset would serve as her back brace. Like…