Soap Suds Row - The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses 1802-1876 tells the long-neglected story of the laundresses of the U. S. Army. Women have always followed the troops, but military laundresses were the first to be recognized and paid by the U.S. Army. They traveled and lived alongside the soldiers during two of the most important conflicts in United States History: the Civil War and the wars on the western frontier.
A few laundresses made names for themselves. Some were involved in colorful or unfortunate circumstances. Some were "loose" women. Others were hard workers, marching with the army for hundreds of miles, often carrying babies and tugging small children behind. Most were simply brave, adventurous, and unconventional women.
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