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Civil War history books focus on battles, politics, famous generals, and noble words such as “…with malice towards none, with charity for all”. Yet there was another war, deliberately hidden away, a war where hundreds of thousands of young men whooped it up with prostitutes, cursed their officers, raped women (white and black), molested young boys, defiled farm animals, exhibited their syphilitic sores, and arrived half naked at parade. This all-new, fully documented study places the war in a different, surprising, and often humorous light. No historical endeavor delights me nearly as much as one that displays rich original material. Tom Lowry’s exhaustive research has unearthed a vast array of heretofore unknown sources. That fresh information, combined with Lowry’s matchless expertise in the field, makes Sexual Misbehavior an exceptionally significant contribution to Civil War knowledge. Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain and The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy. This encyclopedic collection, gleaned entirely from the catacombs of the National Archives, is lasting evidence of the sexual appetites of Johnny Rebs and Billy Yanks. Lowry’s Herculean labors are a necessary compendium for any serious student of Civil War history. James I. Robertson, Jr., author of Soldiers Blue and Gray. In our Anglo-Saxon accounts of the past, we like the idea of saying little and doing much. About our emotions, our inner selves, our secret lives, we, like Spartans of old, are laconic. Now, the silent is made manifest. Dr. Lowry and his wife Beverly have provided us with a magisterial account of the sexual side of the war, a magnificent achievement that fills a gaping hole in our history. Read this book! Pierce C. Mullen, Emeritus Professor of History, Montana State University-Bozeman.

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