By David Coffey
During the Civil conflict this mysterious American lady married a German soldier of fortune who served within the Union military and occurred additionally to be a minor prince. Over the process the conflict she mixed good looks and assertiveness to increase her husband's profession and meanwhile lived a impossible adventure.
The impetuous couple rallied to Maximilian's reason in Mexico, the place Agnes's extravagant efforts to avoid wasting the doomed emperor made her a number one determine within the tragedy. The princess went directly to earn compliment for her paintings within the box hospitals of France.
But by the point of her dying in 1912 this enigmatic woman's lifestyles had turn into the stuff of fable, which she in basic terms inspired. tales featured her combating beside her husband in conflict whereas treating the wounded. She claimed to have acquired a captain's fee for her companies and to were a detailed good friend of President Lincoln, which it sounds as if she was once no longer. One tale even put her answerable for a firm of troops in the course of Sherman's March to the Sea.
David Coffey weaves the tale of Princess SalmSalm's years within the usa and Mexico with the deft artwork of a detective storyteller, isolating truth from fiction in highlighting this really striking girl. As with the fashionable instances of Princess Grace of Monaco and Princess Diana of significant Britain, the modern fascination with this minor princess finds whatever of the yank wish for a paradoxical mixture of aristocratic royalty with republican boldness.
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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.