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War Was Hell on the Homefront Too

February 3, 2009
The Soldier's Wife, Harper's Weekly, Oct. 24, 1863

The Soldier's Wife, Harper's Weekly, Oct. 24, 1863

STARVED TO DEATH.
The Cincinnati Times, of last Monday, states that Mrs. Mary Ann Kidney, the wife of a Union soldier, died of starvation in that city. Her husband had no pay for months, in consequence of which this poor woman died from actual want of food to sustain life. There have been probably hundreds, perhaps thousands of just such cases; and the blood of every victim who thus perishes from the failure  of the Government to meet its engagements with the soldiers, rests upon the heads of the administration, and cries for vengeance. When the death was discovered, “two children, one nine and the other thirteen years of age, were clinging in agony to the lifeless body, all that remained of what to them was dearest on earth.”

The Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Jan 12, 1863