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Sexual Misbehavior in the Civil War

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Over three million young men left home, shouldered rifles, and set about killing one another in the 1860s. Behind, they left wives and sweethearts. The 50,000 books about the war have told us in meticulous detail about the strategy, tactics, weapons, uniforms, canteens, famous generals, religious beliefs, personality quirks, fortifications, battles, sieges, gunboats, medic ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published October 12th 2006 by Xlibris Corporation (first published 2006)
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Boots
lowry does it again: compiles an endless parade of the most interesting, bizarre, and positively human anecdotes from a period in history that likes to feign a lot of modesty, chivalry, and sexual naivete.

while it may be maddening to some to read through endless snippets of stories and courts martial which often have no resolution or conclusion, the sheer quantity and variety of activity encompassed provides evidence that the world now is not so much different than it was then ~ and that's real
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Shala Howell
Much as I would love to describe this book as a "laundry list of deviancy", I can't quite bring myself to do it. Yes, it reads like a laundry list, with descriptions of court cases, arrests and charges of indecency tumbling one after another with hardly a sentence in between. But there are hints behind the lists of some interesting characters and fodder for some good stories.

Be warned: He is non-judgmental to a fault, and left me feeling at times that he was being too lighthearted about things
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Thomas P. Lowry is a retired psychiatrist and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. He is the author of Curmudgeons, Drunkards, and Outright Fools: Courts-Martial of Civil War Union Colonels, available in a Bison Books edition, and The Story the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell: Sex in the Civil War.
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