Romance and the American Civil War

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Gina Danna on romance and war

Why write about the American Civil War? It is a period that I, as a historian, love. Victorian America, with all the rules and societal set by England set, was practiced here on courting, marriage, fashion and how to manage life. Yet how did the War affect it?

Untitled2 Guest Author This is a fascinating time. The North and the South fought for many reasons, starting with sectionalism, how both parts of the US had differing culture. For instance, the North was an industrial giant, fast pace and demanding, with people could become rich, even from poor beginnings, whereas the South was agricultural based, more relaxed in its pace due to the fact they were subject to how the crop year went. Not as heavily populated, the South retained an almost class structure similar to England’s in the property class the top, followed by the yeoman farmers, to the ‘peasants’ (farmers) and slaves. This difference in lifestyles soon made conflict between the sections heat as time passed.

Untitled1 Guest Author As war broke, families were torn apart and women were thrown into it almost the same as the fighting men. Women were part of charities to help the sick/wounded; they were now forced to deal with running the farm/plantation without their men and against both armies demanding supplies or fighting on their soil; they were nurses and hospital matrons; 300 are documented as fighting the war, dressed as men and both sides had women who acted as spies. These stories abound in the official records, pension claims, letters, diaries, hospital records and even church sermons aid a historian’s research well.

Did love stand a chance? Yes. Sometimes, it was the only thing that kept all America going. It’s those stories that we need to read. Huzzah!

GinaDanna_UnconditionalSurrender_2500-200x300 Guest Author About the Book: Unconditional Surrender

Confederate Major Charles Silvers has had enough war. After two years of fighting, his view of a glorious Southern victory over the North has lost its luster. But when he meets Sarah Lawrence during the siege on Vicksburg, Mississippi, he is convinced the blond-haired beauty could fill the void in his life—but what he does not know is that this Southern belle isn’t what she appears to be…
Tortured by memories of the night in 1860 when masked bushwackers torched her Mississippi home, Sarah escaped the South. Now she returns as one of the best spies in the Union Army, seeks revenge for her father. For her, a Confederate Major, even a devastatingly handsome one, is just the tool to obtain the information the Union needs—even at the cost of her heart.
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About the Author

A USAToday Bestselling author, Gina Danna was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and has spent the better part of her life reading. History has always been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, always dreaming of writing one of her own. After years of writing historical academic papers to achieve her undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, and then for museum programs and exhibits, she found the time to write her own historical romantic fiction novels.

Now, under the Texas sun and with the supervision of her three dogs, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.

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