Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Women have been following men off to war since, well, war became something to go off to. Or they showed up by themselves, to the benefit of anyone already there.
A soldier/correspondent from the 5th Wisconsin seems to have been awfully prolific, writing almost entire pages for his home newspaper. Too much to post, one section is too good not to share ( although now ' following ' him, he'll be back.... ).
Ladies- and by ladies I mean all of us- showed up all over the war. Their efforts were resisted variously, from " But men will tempted ( as if nurses wore scanties and lace ) " to " But they're so fragile " to " But but but, what if they see something " or, " What if they get hurt ( they did ) " ? Someone should have asked the men in camps, on battlefields and in hospitals. No buts, seems to have been an agreement having women around just, plain made life better. The argument had barely begun in officialdom but this nice man made up his soldier mind pretty early in the war.
Never heard this one, women were more protected in the army than home- makes a crazy kind of sense despite the assumption we required all that protecting.
Isn't he terrific? Someone, respected, protected ( sorry, it's the era ) and awfully happy married a very good guy.