Mollie Bean dressed herself as a man and joined the 47th North Carolina. She was dressed in her uniform when captured by soldiers outside of Richmond, Virginia on February 17th 1865. The provost marshal questioned Bean, and she told them she had served with the 47th for two years. During that time Bean had been wounded twice and may have fought at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Bean was accused of being a spy, or just plain crazy. She was jailed in Richmond’s Castle Thunder.
For more information about Mollie and her cousin Mary who was also soldier check out Civil War Women, Mary and Mollie Bell