Friday Apr 29, 2022

049 - Concealed Stories: Sex in the American Civil War


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About this episode: 

There have been more works written on the American Civil War than there have been days since it ended, and the number of topics can be overwhelming. However, one aspect of the military experience has largely been overlooked. Hidden from families and posterity, a topic as timeless as war itself. This episode: sex and the American Civil War.


Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode:

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - AKA Lewis Carroll

Joseph Hooker

Louis Pasteur

Walt Whitman

Joshua Speed

Daniel Sickles


Additional Resources:


"Prostitute License" for Anna Johnson



"Prostitute License" for Bettie Duncan


Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.


Producer: Dan Irving


Thank you to our sponsor Bob Graesser, Raleigh Civil War Round Table's editor of The Knapsack newsletter and the Round Table's webmaster at


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