Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War

Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War

by Thomas P. Lowry M.D.


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First book to cover all aspects of sexuality during the Civil War. Based on area original sources, including the soldiers' jokes, songs, letters, and diaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811715157
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 06/01/1994
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Thomas P. Lowry, M.D. retired from medicine--he was a was a physician and psychiatrist for forty years--to write historical human interest stories like this one.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Our Founding Fathers 11

Chapter 2 The Birds and the Bees 16

Chapter 3 I Take Pen in Hand … 27

Chapter 4 Blue with Oaths 40

Chapter 5 And the Flesh Was Made Word 48

Chapter 6 Prostitution: East 61

Chapter 7 Prostitution: West 76

Chapter 8 Bred upon the Waters 88

Chapter 9 French Letters and American Morals 93

Chapter 10 The Ailments of Venus 99

Chapter 11 Parallel Lives 109

Chapter 12 Against Her Will 123

Chapter 13 An Officer and a Gentleman 132

Chapter 14 Generals Nuisance 143

Chapter 15 Clerical Error 159

Chapter 16 Love 168

Chapter 17 Aftermath 172

Notes 177

Bibliography 195

Index 203

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The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Right from the get go this book grabs your attention. Lowry is an amazing writer that combines facts, statistics, and humor to keep you flipping the pages. At times you'll bust a side laughing at some of the little jokes tossed in throughout the book. It really makes you stop and think though... has there ever been a time in American society when people actually had morals & values??
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an amateur student of sex an am always looking for good informative books. This was one of the best I have read. It was clear, interesting to read and not insulting to those of us who understand the need for such a profession. It read some where between novel and history book and was a real page turner. I most enjoyed the letters where the solders noted that everyone in the army visited the gals but him, of course his tent mate wrote the same letter also. I have used the section on legalized prostitution in Nashville and Memphis as conversation fodder at several parties to get a great conversation going. This book is a must read for any civil war buff or sex buff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Lowry does an incredible job providing a window into the sexual and emotional minds of our very human ancestors, with the use of primary sources and statistics. The book was a relatively easy read and provides speculatve information, allowing the reader to draw many of his/her own conclusions. I was hoping for more on what was considered physically and sexually attractive during that time in history (since the concept of beauty seems to be constantly changing), but the information within the book surrounding prostitution, disease, and social propriety were equally as interesting.