It wasn’t pretty. It
was a long time coming, but it finally happened. Lee invaded the North. There
have been many books written that give the gory details. There are, however, few that do so from the female point of view.
Peggy Ullman Bell, in Fixin’
Things, tells us about Gettysburg and details the many atrocities. This isn’t a little story about women who run off
and hide. Nor is it a book about the brave heroines that tend the wounded. There is so much more. Ms Bell's story is
rich with detail. Although written in the late twentieth centuryFixin Things reads as if the author is sitting in
the parlor of her Lincoln Era home describing her surroundings.
what happens to both the high class and lesser classes of women living in the Gettysburg area just prior to, during, and after
the great battle. This book is not glossed over and light. It gives strong detail of life under very oppressive conditions.
Grant may have taken Richmond, but Lee's Army of Northern Virginia made many forays to the northern manless households. That
these households fed the hungry rebels is just part of what women do. Hunger knows no side.
Things is book about survival, of overcoming great obstacles and moving on with life after utter devastation. In the
end, death is death and it does not matter what color coat you’re wearing.
indepth descussion of the cause/s of the American Civil War see http://members.tripod.com/~greatamericanhistory/gr02013.htm