I am researching for a paper on the laundresses of Fort Gibson, 1824-1883. These woman are
shadowy, at best, and, in the case of Fort Gibson, nameless. I can cover regulations and document
attitudes and the like from various sources. However, I find nothing on them during the Civil War.
The Indian Pioneer Interviews, Britton and other sources are mum about them. With the refugees
and wives of the Union forces (Indian, white and black) there must have been women who acted
as laundresses, who received a soldier's ration per day, fuel for fires and issue soap. Has anyone
found any references to laundresses at Gibson/Blunt during the war? Thanks!