Capital Courtesans Public Women of Civil War Richmond and Washington, DC
Capital Courtesans combines both wild stories of bawds and brothels with original document research that encompasses facts about every known Civil War prostitute in Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia. Dozens of whorehouses operated within blocks of Lincoln's White House and of the Confederate Congress building, now the capitol of the State of Virginia. 2011, CreateSpace, 82p.
Ralph H. Peters: Thomas P. Lowry continues to do the tough, grinding research that genuinely illuminates the past. From his landmark Stories the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell two decades ago, to this new short-but-vital work, he has given us insight after valuable insight into the morals, manners and monkey business that constituted the human side of the harshest war in our history—a struggle that has been romanticized, sanitized and neutered out of any semblance of reality. Whether writing about sexual behavior, courts-martial, medicine or individuals, Lowry provides both sober analysis and plenty of straightforward data for other researchers or buffs. Every other writer, whether of fiction or non-fiction, tends to add to the list of books about the same battles, campaigns and towering figures, but Lowry gives us the war at its most-human level. This compact work packs in great value for serious students of the war, or for readers who realize that even authentic heroes are human beings. By painstakingly uncovering newspaper, police and court records, he shines a light on the war's dark alleys, where women for hire served the soldiers who served in blue and gray. This book is small, but essential.