From her WikiTree Profile: “Frances Clalin, born about 1830 in Illinois married Elmer Clayton from Ohio. When he prepared to fight in the Civil War, she disguised as a man and went along as “Jack Williams”.
“Jack” enlisted with the Union to fight alongside her husband during the fall of 1861. Both Frances and Elmer were born and lived in the north, and were farming in Minnesota when the war began. There is uncertainty about the unit that they served in. They enlisted in a Missouri regiment. Clalin is said to have served in both cavalry and artillery units. Their names do not appear on the rosters of the regiment cited by newspaper reports. They could have been removed or the reports could be inaccurate.
Frances is known to have fought in the Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee, February 13, 1862. During this battle she was wounded, but even so, was not revealed to be a woman.
Clalin was engaged in seventeen battles other than Fort Donelson. Reports say she was wounded a total of three times and taken prisoner once. Some sources say that, when her husband died in front of her during the Battle of Stones River (or Murfreesboro) on December 31, 1862, she did not stop fighting – she stepped over his body and charged when the commands came.
After that she went home.”
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