Message #44: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Army Wives on the American Frontier Date: Mon, 20 Jan 97 10:37:00 MST Encoding: 31 TEXT [ Great front cover picture of Union soldiers and wives in victorian dress seated around a saguaro cactus -- SASIG Ed. ] Army Wives on the American Frontier -- Excerpts from memoirs, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, official correspondence and numerous secondary sources describe the experiences of 50 military wives on the American frontier, most of whom were married to officers in Army Wives on the American Frontier: Living by the Bugles by Anne Bruner Eales. The period of time covered is primarily from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the beginning of the Spanish-American War in 1898. Army Wives demonstrates how ladies from the East expanded their Victorian boundaries as they became women of the West. Related are episodes that show resourceful women improvizing, economizing, and realizing their talents and opportunities in the West while "achieving a freedom of thought and action that most of them had never experienced or even imagined." The women explain how to drink water that has been covered with moss and slime, how to mop the floor by letting flood water in the back door and out the front, and how to solve the servant shortage in the West by kidnapping one. The book appeals to today's woman interested in the contributions of women in American history. Anne Bruner Eales is an editor and writer with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C. She has worked at Army Times and is herself an "army wife." The 6 X 9 210-page book with photos sells for $16.95 paperback from Johnson Books, 1880 S. 57th Court, Boulder C) 80301. (303) 443-9766; fax (303) 443-1679. [Clipped from Headquarters Heliogram- Council on America's Military Past (CAMP), 518 W. Why Worry Lane, Phoenix AZ 85021. ($35/yr membership subscription)].