Franklin Flint Thompson

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Franklin Flint Thompson was born in Moncton, Colony of New Brunswick, British Canada back in 1841. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the 2nd Michigan Infantry volunteering in Flint, Michigan. Serving as a field nurse campaigns under the command of General McClellan that included the First and Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, the Peninsula Campaign and Vicksburg to name a few.

A friend of his James Vesey was killed in an ambush so he took the open spot to avenge his friend’s death. He took this time to work as a spy disguises. He would use silver nitrate to dye his skin black and wearing a wig he would walk into the Confederacy disguised as a black man by the name of Cuff. After the war, he received an honorable discharge. In 1896 he received a government pension of $12.00 per month for his service. He died in 1898 at 56 in La Porte, Texas.

Now, can you tell me what he is most noted for? Well you may be surprised but he was actually a she. That’s right Private Franklin Flint Thompson was a female. Her real name was Sarah Emma Edmonds. A book was written about her adventures, maybe you’ve read the book “Nurse, Soldier and Spy. She was the only woman admitted to the Grand Army of the Republic, the Civil War Union Army veterans’ organization. She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray interesting piece of history.... hope you enjoy the games today....Go Patriots, of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 27, 2016 04:26 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sarah had us all fooled! May have to read the book! Enjoy your day!

Nov 27, 2016 05:13 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

what an interesting story this one is - thanks for educating us each morning. 

Nov 27, 2016 05:15 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

A true pioneer this Lady...and bet she fooled many...then and now !

Nov 27, 2016 05:18 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I also will have to read the book!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 27, 2016 05:32 AM #5
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

So...what you are saying here, James Dray is that Franklin Flint Thompson was a manly woman?

Nov 27, 2016 05:32 AM #6
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I will have to get that book! I love Civil War history and this is too intriguing!

Nov 27, 2016 06:08 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, what a brave woman she was and I can't believe that $12/month went so far back then.

Nov 27, 2016 06:19 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In those times that would be a highly unusual situation for a woman so she was unique.

Nov 27, 2016 06:41 AM #9
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA

This is great information. Thank you for sharing and best of luck!

Nov 27, 2016 07:14 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story of a wonderful woman.  I am with Brian England wondering how they made $12 a month last all month.  Prices must have averaged at a couple of pennies.  A

Nov 27, 2016 07:19 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening James. What a story and what an incredible woman too.

Nov 27, 2016 09:12 AM #12
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

James Dray Very interesting and great story about Civil War.


Nov 27, 2016 09:29 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what a woman!!!   I wonder if anyone ever made or considered making a movie of her life. 

Nov 27, 2016 11:09 AM #14
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Thank you for sharing about this story-I mean to read the book.

Nov 27, 2016 01:25 PM #15
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Franklin Flint Thompson lead a very interesting live with a few twists and turns.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 27, 2016 06:39 PM #16
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  Wow, I didn't have a clue.  I will read a little more about her as this story must be fascinating.

Nov 28, 2016 03:53 AM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Beautiful and courageous life of Sarah Emma Edmonds. Amazing how brave she was. Great title to a book, also, - Nurse, Soldier, and Spy.

Nov 28, 2016 11:04 AM #18
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James

Sarah Emma Edmonds was a very interesting person and what an exciting life ...

Nov 28, 2016 06:12 PM #19
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