By Anne Bruner Eales
Relocating from the restrictive chrysalis of "civilized" culture and Victorian viewpoints within the East, the ladies who their military husbands to forts within the West made an expedition right into a freedom of throught and motion that the majority of them had by no means skilled or maybe imagined. "No one drawn to the background of the yank West or women’s heritage should still leave out this well-written, rigorously researched, finished therapy of an issue that prior students have mostly ignored." —Herman Viola, writer of "Exploring the West"
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31For a time it had been so hot while traveling that Alexander had stopped wearing dresses entirely, staying inside with only a light robe or wrapper on, despite the presence of the enlisted man driving. 32 The gusts of wind that swirled skirts also destroyed fancy hairdos; these were soon replaced by braids, hairnets, combs, or ribbons. And women who had to walk as their wagons were "roped" down gorges or hauled up steep inclines quickly substituted comfortable boots for soft-soled dress shoes.
Katie was exposed to gambling as the passengers wagered on everything, especially their arrival time at the next station, and her modesty was probably challenged when men urinated out the train windows, as they often did on western trips. As her train careened across the screeching, swaying Mississippi River bridge, Katie may well have considered the fearful yet exciting passage as symbolic of the changes in her life since leaving Washington only a few days earlier. The train trip had been a revelation to Katie as she traveled westward, alone but in relative comfort and security.
3. United States. ArmyMilitary life History19th century. 4. ) 5. )Biography. I. E25 1996 96-31900 978dc20 CIP Printed in the United States by Johnson Printing 1880 South 57th Court Boulder, Colorado 80301 Page v Contents Preface vii Acknowledgments xi The Girl I Left Behind Me 1 If You Have Courage, Stay 13 A Cannon in the Dining Room 35 Servants, Shortages, and the Sutler 55 Holidays, Horse Races, and Hops 75 Cholera and Creosote 95 An Itch for Epaulets 113 A Touch of Class 129 Apaches on the Porch 147 A Drink of Dirty Water 165 Notes 175 Bibliography 195 Index 203 Photograph Section 211 Page vi This book is dedicated to the military wife, whether the frontier her husband explores is in the air, on the land, or at sea Page vii Preface WHEN HE FOUND OUT that I was writing a book, my five-year-old grandson, William Stewart Eales, asked me if it was a "Once upon a time .
Army wives on the American frontier: living by the bugles by Anne Bruner Eales