Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 September 2007

320 Pages | 22 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195330854

Also Available As:


Also Available In:

Bookseller Code (01)

Intimate Strategies of the Civil War

Military Commanders and Their Wives

Edited by Carol K. Bleser and Lesley J. Gordon

Carol K. Bleser and Lesley J. Gordon assemble an impressive array of leading scholars to explore the marriages of six Confederate and six Union commanders. Contributors reveal that, for many of these men, the matrimonial bond was the most important relationship in their lives, one that shaped (and was shaped by) their military experience. In some cases, the commanders' spouses proved relentless and skillful promoters of their husbands' careers. Jessie Frémont drew on all of her connections as the daughter of former Senator Thomas Hart Benton to aid her modestly talented husband John. Others bolstered their military spouses in less direct ways.