Portrait of two Boyd's Girl Cadets with H. N. Boyd. During the Spanish-American War, the daughter of Kansas Assistant Adjutant General H. N. Boyd formed a drill team with her young friends. The drill team of forty Boyd's Girl Cadets made their uniforms of blue jackets, long skirts, and military caps. The team was armed with discarded Springfield rifles, with hollowed broomsticks as barrels. H. N. Boyd, a Civil War veteran, declared them to be "the only drilled, uniformed and regularly armed company of girl soldiers in the United States."
Kansas Historical Society
Boyd's Girl Cadets with H. N. Boyd, Topeka, Kansas