This title is from my Annual Book List.
I had heard so much about the men of the Civil War but knew next to nothing of the women and their experiences. This book helped rectify that.
Sitting down with a glass of iced tea to sip, I expected a historical tome, but was pleasantly surprised with its easy reading style & I felt pulled into each woman’s life and experiences.
Civil War Wives tells about the lives and times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis & Julia Dent Grant.
For Civil War buffs, two of those names are ringing bells already. V. Davis was the President of the Confederacy’s wife and J. Grant is none other than General and future President Grant’s wife.
These were the two stories that captured me the most.
Both fascinating women with night and day personalities and upbringings. But both would go on to be wife to powerful, influential men at an impactful time in history.
My favorite part & one that I had never heard of in AP History class, is that they met later in life on several occasions after the war had ended.
The book narrates their lives with historical context, snippets of their own words, but reads easily like a memoir.
I plan to read other titles by Carol Berkin in the future.
Here is a quote I copied from the portion on Varina Howell Davis–
“Oh, how I would like to be free from care for a few days if only to know how it would feel, if I should not have to lose the objects of those cares. Cares do wear out one’s youth.”
This book is excellent when read while sipping Iced Tea with sprigs of mint. 🙂