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  • Loreta Velazquez, secret soldier of the American Civil War.

    Loreta Velazquez, secret soldier of the American Civil War.

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  • The filmmaking team describes the journey behind Rebel.

    The filmmaking team describes the journey behind Rebel.

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  • Still from Rebel

    Still from Rebel

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  • Under the alias of Harry Buford, Loreta Velazquez (Romi Dias) passed as a confederate soldier

    Under the alias of Harry Buford, Loreta Velazquez (Romi Dias) passed as a confederate soldier

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  • Loreta Velazquez (Romi Dias) poses for a portrait, dressed as a woman, played by Romi Diaz

    Loreta Velazquez (Romi Dias) poses for a portrait, dressed as a woman, played by Romi Diaz

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  • Loreta Velazquez’s young family having portrait taken

    Loreta Velazquez’s young family having portrait taken

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  • Army In Battle Loreta Velazquez’ first battle experience was at Bull Run, recreation.

    Army In Battle Loreta Velazquez’ first battle experience was at Bull Run, recreation.

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  • Young Loreta, played by Isabel Taysin Carter, runs through columns in her Cuban plantation home

    Young Loreta, played by Isabel Taysin Carter, runs through columns in her Cuban plantation home

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  • Loreta, played by Romi Días, mourns the loss of her children

    Loreta, played by Romi Días, mourns the loss of her children

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  • Front inside cover of The Woman In Battle, by Loreta Janeta Velazquez,  sold by subscription

    Front inside cover of The Woman In Battle, by Loreta Janeta Velazquez, sold by subscription

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  • composite of two portraits of Loreta Velazquez

    composite of two portraits of Loreta Velazquez

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The Film

Rebel is the story of a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory. Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago — one of an estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she has been virtually erased from history?

The Filmmaker

  1. Maria Agui CarterProducer/Director