After learning of her pending marriage, Emma runs away from home and finds untold opportunities dressing and acting like a boy. When the Civil War breaks out, Emma enlists. She serves in many positions, first as a male nurse and then as a mail carrier. The book briefly discusses claims that she had worked as a spy, recounting several dangerous experience. After falling ill, Emma runs away, worried that her true sex will be discovered. Returning to the life of a woman, she marries. Encouraged by those around her, she fights for a Civil War pension and reunites with her former comrades.
This book as written in a very matter of fact way. I would have liked more of a story-telling element, rather than a recitation of facts. At times the book does deliver this, but at others is a bit dry. Overall, the book was well written, well documented and an interesting read.