Here’s an absolutely outstanding talk by William C. “Jack” Davis on Loreta Velasquez, who claimed to have been a woman posing as a male confederate soldier named Lt. Harry Buford in the Civil War. He’s done a prodigious amount of research on this woman, whose real name we don’t know and likely will never know.
His opening is also fascinating as he tells about a newly discovered cache of letters from various Civil War generals that are in the transcription process and will be published in a forthcoming book.
The video’s description reads, “One of the most famous cases of a woman posing as a man to be a soldier in the Civil War is that of Loreta Janeta Velasquez, who detailed her adventures as Lieutenant Harry Buford in her 1876 book The Woman in Battle. Controversy has raged over the truth of her claims since the war itself, but the reality of her life is even more sensational and improbable than all of her claims. Now for the first time, extensive research can reveal the real story of the Confederacy’s first, and perhaps only, true ‘media celebrity’. Our presenter is William C. ‘Jack’ Davis, the author or editor of more than 50 books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history.”
This is well worth your time to watch.