The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell Sex in the Civil War
First-ever book to cover all aspects of sexuality during the Civil War Based on rare original sources, including the soldiers' jokes, songs, letters, and diaries. Introduction by Robert K. Krick. 1994, Stackpole Books, 240 p.
A sensation when it was published in 1994, the book received a glowing review in the New York Times, written by James I. Robertson, Jr. of Virginia Tech, and has since sold 32,000 copies. It presents facts unknown to most Civil War enthusiasts, in a way so discrete and tactful as to be suitable as a text in several high schools. Of course there was sex during the Civil War, but somehow it was a subject that previous authors did not want to touch. After its publication, many people sent items they had been hiding for years, with a note, "This is for your next book." None of those items has gone to waste.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com): Lowry (UC, San Francisco) offers an occasionally ribald but scholarly study of the sex lives of soldiers in the Civil War, using rare original documents such as letters and journals and reinterpreting official sources. He covers the pornographic book and card trade, women who served in the army as men, prostitutes and the origin of the term "hooker," legalized prostitution in Nashville and Memphis, venereal disease, rape, and homosexuality. Includes b&w photos, some of victims of the late stages of venereal diseases in the era before antibiotics.