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Fanny Gordon, wife of Confederate hero Major General John B. Gordon, nursed wounded soldiers and zealously promoted her husband’s interests. And Jessie Benton Frémont, wife of ill-fated Federal General John C. 15 The petty pursuits of Agnes Salm-Salm and Jessie Frémont and dozens like them could not diminish the profound impact that women had on all facets of the war. Women left their traditional roles by the thousands to tend to the wounded or support relief organizations near the front, while thousands more tended to family farms or worked in war-related industries.
17 With regard to her personal and family histories, as with other aspects of her life, the story needed no embellishment. Agnes descended from solid Yankee stock. The Joy family’s American progenitor, Thomas Joy, came to Boston in ; Agnes’s great grandfather Nathaniel Joy was killed in the French and Indian War, and her grandfather Micah Joy fought during the American Revolution. Her father farmed in the Lake Champlain region of Vermont and Quebec for dozens of years. During her visit, Agnes could count Joy siblings and cousins among the respected citizens of St.
Perhaps those officers had not spoken for the men back in November, or perhaps Salm won them over—by most accounts he was a good, decent, and loyal man. At a party for the former soldiers, Agnes recalled, “I was of course toasted, and when Salm rose to answer, he was silenced by the clamorous demand for a speech from me. 34 Her departure from the Army of the Potomac did not go unnoticed. “We are all sorry that Mrs. ” 35 The End Justiﬁes the Means CHAPTER 2 The End Justiﬁes the Means The discharge of Salm’s regiment proved fortuitous for commander and men alike.