In the Midst of Alarms: The Untold Story of Women and the War of 1812

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The War of 1812 between the United States and Britain has been covered in detail by many historians, but its impact on the lives of women has been largely overlooked. After years of research, Dianne Graves has produced a marvelous study of how the war affected women at all levels of society, from high society in Washington and Quebec to the women who followed their husbands to the front lines. She brings to life the untold stories of wives, daughters, heroines and harridans, as revealed in memoirs, diaries and ...
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Overview


The War of 1812 between the United States and Britain has been covered in detail by many historians, but its impact on the lives of women has been largely overlooked. After years of research, Dianne Graves has produced a marvelous study of how the war affected women at all levels of society, from high society in Washington and Quebec to the women who followed their husbands to the front lines. She brings to life the untold stories of wives, daughters, heroines and harridans, as revealed in memoirs, diaries and letters of the time. The book is well illustrated with portraits, cartoons of social comment and styles of dress of the time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896941523
  • Publisher: Robin Brass Studio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianne Graves is the author of two previous books. "A Crown of Life: The World of John McCrae" examined the life and times of the doctor-soldier-poet who wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields." She has also written a children's book about the Battle of the Windmill in 1838.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Donald R. Hickey ix

Introduction xi

Prologue: "A terrible commotion.": War Comes to North America 2

1 "The faithful wife, without debate.": The Woman s World in 1812 26

Picture Essay: What to Wear? Women's Clothing 58

2 "Maidens here are sweetly singing.": Love, Courtship, Marriage and Dangerous Liaisons 64

3 "For their work continueth.": Gainful Employment 102

4 "A stirring and restless life.": Army Officers' Ladies 130

5 "Their fate unpitied, and unheard their name.": Soldiers' Wives and Women 154

6 "The lass that loves a sailor.": Naval Wives and Women 178

7 "The sensations of a wife, and mother in times such as these.": Binding Ties and Keeping in Touch 196

8 "The windings of the mazy dance.": High Society 218

9 "Vicissitudes and commotions!": Women and the War in the Northern Theatre 256

10 "The anguish of such hours.": The Atlantic and Gulf Coasts 298

11 "Boldly I did fight… although I'm but a wench.": Women as Combatants, Agents and Prisoners of War 326

12 "Worthless is the laurel steeped in female tears.": Privations, Poverty, Bereavement and Crime 342

13 "The blessings of peace.": The End of the War and Afterwards 376

Epilogue: "A chaplet of unfading laurels.": The Fates of Women and Men 396

Chronology: Major Events of the War of 1812 415

Appendices

A "Peach trees of a very fine kind": Extracts From the Garden Book of Catherine Claus 418

B "Dry whortleberries scattered in, will make it better.": Recipes from the Time of the War of 1812 423

C Joseph Willcocks: The Inner Man: The Diet of a Prosperous North American Family in the Early Nineteenth Century 432

D "Every virtue and every excellence.": Extracts from A Father's Legacy to His Daughters by Dr. John Gregory 435

Endnotes 439

Bibliography 475

Index 487

Maps

Eastern North America in 1812 19

The Northern Theatre 260

The Old Northwest 264

The Niagara Frontier 271

The Northeast 301

The Chesapeake Bay 304

New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico 322

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