The Woman in Battle

"The woman in battle is an infrequent figure on the pages of history, and yet, what would not history loose were the glorious records of the heroines - the great souled women, who have stood in the front where the battle was hottest and the fray most deadly - be obliterated?"

On August 6, 2014 I embarked on a road trip retracing the journey of Loreta Janeta Velezquez, a Cuban-American woman who disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Civil War. The story of Loreta is not the only one of its kind. Yet today, the lives of these women are rarely studied in conjunction with the Civil War. 

 In order to dig deeper into why the lives of women such as Loreta are often over looked, I travelled to four battlefields where Velezquez was known to have fought and a number of other towns she visited along her journey.

I saw myself as a reenactor of sorts, attempting to mimic Loreta’s journey in the 21st century. In the same way photography is used to catalog memory, the trip became an attempt to build a relationship with her, while along the way using photography to create new memories of her that are very much based in the present.

I am currently working on a book, which includes photographs, text from my writings and text from Loreta's writings.