Another gender-bending Civil War ball account, from a Massachusetts soldier in Virginia:
“Some of the real women went, but the boy girls were so much better
looking that they left…. We had some little Drummer Boys dressed up and
I’ll bet you could not tell them from girls if you did not know them….
Some of them looked almost good enough to lay with and I guess some of
them did get laid with…. I know I slept with mine.”