The Story the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell: Sex in the Civil War:

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aphillbilly

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Has anyone read Lowry's book? Is it any good? Supportable?
 

blue_zouave

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I second that, Neil. Talk about an eye-opener!

Dr. Lowry is a fellow member of the Society of Civil War surgeons, and he's done a lot of research into the seamier side of the war. One of his books is about court martial proceedings on surgeons. He and his sometime co-author Dr. Jack Welch do good work.

Yours with MEDICAL interest only in all those racy pictures...

Zou
 
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Haven't read the book but here are some stats:

The Union Army Medical Dept. reported in 1861 that 1 out of 12 soldiers had venereal disease, an almost incredible rate. The Federal rate for the war was 82 cases per 1,000 men.

In July, 1861 an official report on a dozen Confederate regiments with a strength of about 11,000, showed 204 new cases of gonorrhea and forty-four of syphillis. In the next 3 months, among larger bodies of troops, there were 572 new cases of the diseases.

Not only were both armies followed by large parties of women, but both reported several cases of women who disguised themselves as men, often dispensing their favors widely before being detected and banished.

Source: The Civil War: Strange and Fascinating Facts, Burke Davis, Fairfax Press.
 
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unionblue

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Hey Steve!

Long time, no see! Been away or just lurking on the board?

As I remember, the History Channel show actually used the book as a reference and had the author on too.

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Steven,

What reenactments? Might be coming your way next year, other side of course, but at least I will make you a pretty good target in my sack coat of blue!

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