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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 day trip right into a freedom of throught and motion that almost all of them had by no means skilled or maybe imagined. "No one drawn to the historical past of the yankee West or women’s historical past may still omit this well-written, rigorously researched, entire remedy of an issue that prior students have principally ignored." —Herman Viola, writer of "Exploring the West"
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When Katie developed a severe cough soon afterward, the doctor recommended that she discard the veil. 11 The entire family went to the station to see the girl off. Katie's mother admonished her not to forget her cod liver oil and "gentle breeding," her sister Sally warned against strangers, and her former slave nurse advised her to watch out for Indians. As the train pulled out, she waved good-bye to them with her black-bordered handkerchief and stuffed her mourning veil away in a bag. The man across the aisle introduced himself as Monsieur Bois, a Frenchman from New Orleans, but Katie, mindful of her sister's warning, merely nodded.
Wives and mothers were to "indoctrinate" their children with moral and religious precepts such as sobriety, self-control, and self-improvement through the "gentler emotions" while fathers instructed offspring in the "more important" qualities of logic and reasoning. To men of the period, this was only proper. Husbands considered their wives morally superior but also thought women were physically and probably mentally inferior. A husband loved his wife and cherished her central role as the moral mainspring of the family, expecting her to reciprocate by being properly submissive to his intellectual superiority and rationality.
Wrapped in fur robes and blankets, with hay piled around her legs and feet to keep them warm, this army bride from Michigan had seen virtually nothing except the inside of the military ambulance transporting her and her husband, Lt. Frank Baldwin, to their new home at Fort Harker, Kansas. Her only opening to the outside world was a porthole-sized gap in the front canvas that allowed the enlisted man who was driving to see the mules; the back opening was cinched tight against a snowstorm. Even if both ends of the canvas had been completely open, however, Alice could not have seen very far.
Army wives on the American frontier: living by the bugles by Anne Bruner Eales