Divorcing a Husband in the Federal Army

Championhilz

First Sergeant
Joined
Mar 18, 2011
Location
Clinton, Mississippi
I was just looking at a reference book on laws passed by the Mississippi legislature in the 19th Century, and one law caught my attention:

"Husband serving in Federal army or residing in Federal states made cause for divorce." Passed by the legislature in November 1861. It would be interesting to know how many women in the state took advantage of this new law to rid themselves of a husband in the Federal army.
 

ucvrelics

Lt. Colonel
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Regtl. Quartermaster Shiloh 2020
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May 7, 2016
Location
Alabama
I don't know but you need to ask my 1st wife as she divorced me while I was stationed in Germany, Best think that ever happened to me :D
 

Mrs. V

2nd Lieutenant
Joined
May 5, 2017
I imagine that there were quite a few ladies glad to be rid of their pesky menfolk...so many marriages made for convienience, or for social status/dowry..and not being compatable? “He deserted me for the army, leaving me with no means of support” would carry quite a bit of weight in the court.
 

Yankee Brooke

First Sergeant
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Joined
Jun 8, 2018
Location
PA
That's certainly a sign you're not seeing eye to eye on things, when you're on opposite sides of a war...
 
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