University of Virginia Press
The Confederate state exploited Confederate soldiers’ wives’ special social status, Kristen Brill exposes in The Weaker Sex: Gender and Nationalism in Civil War Virginia. However, Brill also explains that Civil War soldiers wives leveraged their special social status to advance their own personal interests, though their own political rights were not among the interests they pursued. Reviewer J. Matthew Ward writes that Brill “artfully explains how Southern white women could transcend their traditional household roles without sacrificing those roles,” which makes The Weaker Sex a “significant contribution to the historiography of the Civil War and … to American women’s and gender studies.”
Ward, Johnathan M.
"The Weaker Sex in War: Gender and Nationalism in Civil War Virginia,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 24
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol24/iss4/7