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War StoriesSuffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North$
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Frances M. Clarke

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226108629

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226108643.001.0001

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Labors of Love

Labors of Love

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War Stories

Frances M. Clarke

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the contributions of volunteers in alleviating the wartime sufferings of Union soldiers. It highlights women volunteers' selfless devotion to soldiers and describes how they lifted the moral and spirits of these soldiers by extending “golden cords of love” to the war zone. This chapter argues that sustaining men's attachments to the home front, these volunteer women saved the republic from militarism's corrupting potential: despondency on the one hand and brutality on the other.

Keywords:   women volunteers, wartime sufferings, Union soldiers, selfless devotion, home front, militarism, despondency, brutality

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