Lincoln's Generals' Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the CIvil War-for Better and for Worse

Lincoln's Generals' Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the CIvil War-for Better and for Worse

by Candice Shy Hooper


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606352786
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Series: Civil War in the North Series
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 132,531
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Candice Shy Hooper’s writing has been published in The Journal of Military History and The New York Times. She received her M.A. in history from The George Washington University and is a member of the Board of Advisors of President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washing- ton, D.C., and of the advisory board of the Ulysses S. and Julia D. Grant Historical Home in Detroit, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Notes to Readers viii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Friendly Fire: Jessie Benton Frémont

1 "The place a son would have had" 17

2 "Be sure you're right and then go ahead" 25

3 "Frémont and Our Jessie" 35

4 "Quite a female politician" 47

5 "It is your Lerida" 61

6 "There is a time to do and a time to stand aside" 68

Part 2 Self-Inflicted Wounds: Mary Ellen Marcy McClellan

7 "You are fond of attention and gaiety" 81

8 "Flora McFlimsey" 97

9 "Don't send any politicians out here" 116

10 "You have quite enough else to attend to" 122

11 "I almost wish… they would displace you" 132

12 "How the mighty are fallen" 140

Part 3 True Faith and Allegiance: Eleanor Ewing Sherman

13 "It is high or low tide with us ever" 155

14 "You will never be happy in this world unless you go into the Army again" 167

15 "Releive my husband from the suspicions now resting on him" 176

16 "I have never dared to murmer at God's decree" 201

17 "For the privilege of whipping negro wenches" 208

18 "The Government requires sacrifices from wives" 214

19 "My opinion of you is unaltered" 221

20 "No greater glory than to fill a patriots grave" 235

Part 4 Center of Gravity: Julia Dent Grant

21 "Sunshine" 245

22 "This, to me, most delicate subject" 249

23 "How forsaken I feel here!" 266

24 "Is this my destiny?" 277

25 "Secesh wives with their own little slaves" 285

26 "Do stop digging at this old canal" 311

27 Lieutenant General's Wife 328

28 "I did not want to go to the theater" 354

29 "The sunlight of his loyal love" 361

Conclusion: "The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong" 366

Acknowledgments 377

Notes 382

Bibliography 412

Index 420

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