Introduction : Colliding and collaborating : gender and Civil War scholarship / Nina Silber -- Fighting like men : Civil War dilemmas of abolitionist manhood / Stephen Kantrowitz -- "Oh I pass everywhere" : Catholic nuns in the Gulf South during the Civil War / Virginia Gould -- "Public women" and sexual politics during the American Civil War / Catherine Clinton -- The other side of freedom : destitution, disease, and dependency among freedwomen and their children during and after the Civil War / Jim Downs -- Mary Walker, Mary Surratt, and some thoughts on gender in the Civil War / Elizabeth D. Leonard -- Embattled manhood and New England writers, 1860-1870 / John Stauffer -- Sexual terror in the Reconstruction South / Lisa Cardyn -- Politics and petticoats in the same pod : Florence Fay, Betsey Bittersweet, and the reconstruction of southern womanhood, 1865-1868 / Anne Sarah Rubin -- The Confederate retreat to Mars and Venus / Thomas J. Brown
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