General “Fighting Joe” Joe Hooker
There was plenty of pornography during the Civil War. As hard as it is to believe that well produced photographs, woodcuts, and daguerreotypes were plentiful during a war that robbed so many of their resources. From time immemorial, people have conjured ways of profiting from the occasional conflation of large numbers of eager lonely troops and place. Twelve by fifteen inch graphic images were sold for $1.20 a dozen to Union troops. These were called “barracks favorites”.
Listening to a podcast about sex in the Civil War sponsored by the Shiloh Museum of the Ozarks, these were remarks about the opposite sex from a Missouri soldier named R. S. Bevier. He writes about the women who live around the border Missouri and northwest Arkansas:
“They are an uncouth race, slovenly and slavish. Both sexes use tobacco and whiskey with relish. Many an Arkansas woman squirt a clean cut tobacco plug clear across the road.”
Captain Edward Ross of the Kansas Infantry wrote:
“Only the women pick their teeth and smoke and spit.”
By the Civil War, 15% of the women who married were pregnant.
In New York, throughout the Civil War 9000 women went through one hospital just for women with venereal disease.
In New York at this time there were 8000 prostitutes. One man of the cloth lamented that prostitutes outnumbered Methodists in Manhattan.
Prostitutes during the Civil War generally lived impecuniously. Theirs was a life etched in sickness, alcoholism and violence. There were very few successful prostitutes. There were some successful Madams. War provides Madams and brothels with two ingredients: Desperation and opportunity. General Joe Hooker was assigned to corralling hookers right around the Federal Hill at 15th and D. Hookers were called hookers before Hooker was assigned to helped manage them. Nonetheless the assignment cemented the notion that prostitutes were called Hookers. Once a place for whores, today it is the corner of the Justice Department, The IRS and Customs. At least the hookers during the Civil War were regulated.
(Nothing more will be said of this serendipitous and meaningful coincidence.)
The Union Army suffered over 100,000 cases of Gonorrhea and 80,000 cases of Syphilis.
Civil War Porn
Source: Very rare Civil War Era hardcore porn recently scanned from daguerrotypes and tinplates purchased from a junk dealer in Virginia