Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives:

Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War - For Better and for Worse

“Candice Hooper’s vivid new look at the lives of these Union generals’ wives ..."

“With Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives, Candice Shy Hooper has opened a new door in Civil War scholarship. ..."

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Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War - For Better and for Worse

The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary and influential lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, the wives of Abraham Lincoln’s top generals. They were their husbands’ closest confidantes and had a profound impact on the generals’ ambitions and actions. Most important, the women’s own attitudes toward and relationships with Lincoln had major historical significance.

Candice Shy Hooper’s lively account covers the early lives of her subjects, as well as their families, their education, their political attitudes, and their personal beliefs. Once shots were fired on Fort Sumter, the women were launched out of their private spheres into a wholly different universe, where their relationships with their husbands and their personal opinions of the president of the United States had national and historical consequences. Relying on a close reading of letters, memoirs, and other primary sources—and, for the first time, mapping the women’s wartime travels—Hooper explores the very different ways in which these remarkable women responded to the unique challenges of being Lincoln’s generals’ wives.