Occupied Women: Gender, Military Occupation, and the American Civil War

TitleOccupied Women: Gender, Military Occupation, and the American Civil War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
Series EditorWhites, LeeAnn, and Alecia P. Long
Number of Pages256
PublisherLouisiana State University Press
CityBaton Rouge

This Collection of 11 essays by academics and independent scholars from across the US focuses on "the often unacknowledged" roles of women-black and white, Northern and Southern women predominate. Several of the contributors do not acknowledge that for women or civilians, life in a combat zone or under an occupying army is never easy. They write indignant treaties about the invasion of privacy and insults, although physical violence and death were seldom present. Given the guerilla wars that preceded the war and continued afterward, the level of abuse was modest. The essays on Southern women loyal to the Union, black women's experiences with both Union and Confederate armies, and graphic description of civilian life near the Battle of Gettysburg provide useful, interesting information. Those on Butler and Sherman ignore impossible situation, such as spying and provisioning by Confederate women. Further, Sherman's march and Butler's laws have been the subject of many major histories. Ample evidence of socioeconomic class divisions within the Confederacy provides valuable information. 

(UNC Chapel Hill)

Short TitleOccupied Women
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