Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868


In this engrossing and informative better half to her New York Times bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Cokie Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil struggle by way of delivering a riveting examine Washington, D.C. and the studies, impression, and contributions of its ladies in this momentous interval of yankee history.

With the outbreak of the Civil battle, the small, social Southern city of Washington, D.C. came across itself stuck among warring facets in a four-year conflict that might confirm the way forward for the United States.

After the assertion of secession, many desirable Southern ladies left town, leaving their friends—such as Adele Cutts Douglas and Elizabeth Blair Lee—to grapple with issues of safety and sanitation because the capital was once remodeled into an enormous Union military camp and later a medical institution. With their husbands, brothers, and fathers marching off to conflict, both at the battlefield or within the halls of Congress, the ladies of Washington joined the reason to boot. And extra girls went to the Capital urban to enlist as nurses, offer organizers, reduction staff, and newshounds. Many risked their lives making munitions in a hugely flammable arsenal, toiled on the Treasury division printing bucks to finance the struggle, and plied their needlework talents on the military Yard—once the only province of men—to stitch canvas gunpowder luggage for the troops.

Cokie Roberts chronicles those women's expanding independence, their political empowerment, their crucial function in holding the Union unified in the course of the struggle, and in aiding heal it as soon as the scuffling with used to be performed. She concludes that the struggle not just replaced Washington, it additionally ceaselessly replaced where of women.

Sifting via newspaper articles, executive documents, and personal letters and diaries—many by no means ahead of published—Roberts brings the war-torn capital into concentration during the lives of its ambitious women.

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