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.