As part of one of my current jobs on campus, I get to comb through Civil War era documents, including newspapers. I recently found these gems and thought them worth sharing. So here is your history lesson for today (note: all can be found at Valley of the Shadow in the year 1864):
First, a small human interest story:
Edward Avis, age 8, son of Captain John Avis, Provost Marshal at Staunton, climbed an old cherry tree on the hill in front of the American Hotel last Sunday. The tree broke, and young Avis broke his left leg above the knee. He is doing well at present.
Next, an article that would probably be a refreshing change from just about anything written in Cosmo!
Wisdom in Making Love
Summary: This piece offers advice for men about picking a wife: “one year’s possession of the heart and hand of a really noble woman, is worth nine hundred and ninety-nine years’ possession of a sweet creature with two ideas in her head, and nothing new to say about either of them.”
In juxtaposition to that, a small reminder of the way it was:
S. C., Washington D.C. correspondent to the Repository, reports on the scandal precipitated by the death of Miss Maggie A. Duvall, who had been an employee at the Treasury, and allegedly engaged in “criminal intercourse” with fellow employee Lewis. A post mortem showed no evidence of a pregnancy or attempted abortion, but Lewis cannot be found, another woman is in prison, and the capitol in an uproar.
I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry about the phrase “criminal intercourse”
And finally, something that can be filed under AWESOME:
Thrilling Adventures of a Lady in the Secret Service
Summary: Tells the story of Pauline Cushman, a spy for the Union who was arrested by the Confederates and then recaptured by Northern troops. Notes that she has been named a Major in the US Army in reward for her bravery.