The American Civil War drew thousands of white and black women into paid and unpaid work for the Union and Confederate armies. While the armies provided some women with a reliable income, their very proximity also represented a dangerous liaison that drew them into closer contact with Union troops that rendered them vulnerable to sexual assault. Bymore than four hundred Union soldiers had been court-martialed for sexual crimes against white and black women and girls.
They burned everything. They tied me up, but I freed myself aided by my five-year-old daughter. I went to seek help.
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Alexis Coe: I recently heard you discuss your new book, Scars of Independencein which you "write the violence back into the [American] Revolution. Since then, I've thought about Abigail Palmer, a teenage girl who was, along with two friends and a pregnant relative, raped by soldiers. What happened to her? Holger Hoock: Abigail Palmer was a thirteen-year-old girl.
Nearly as long as people have been recording history, they have documented sexual assaults. From the writings of ancient Greece to the Bible to the letters of early explorerssexual violence has long been a brutal part of the human story. Some assaults have even changed the course of history.
During the American Civil Warsexual behavior and attitudeslike many other aspects of life, were affected by the conflict. The advent of photography and easier media distribution, for example, allowed for greater access to sexual material for the common soldier. At camp, " barracks favorites " were available.