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Published on Dec 20, 2013
"I Had Rather Die: Rape in the Civil War." The new title being released by Coachlight Press in January 2014, contains information that may just end up changing the way the history of the Civil War is taught in schools.
While only 30 soldiers were executed for the crime of rape during the War, the author has uncovered evidence that hundreds of women came forward with horror stories of rape and attempted rape. In many cases, the judicial system worked against them: overturning guilty verdicts, reducing sentences to the equivalent of a shaking finger, and denying even the possibility of truth in their accusations—thus, denying their humanity.
Author Kim Murphy's findings are expected to change the perception among scholars that the Civil War was a "low-rape war."