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Civil War Washerwomen Earned More Money than the Soldiers

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Civil War Washerwomen Earned More Money than the Soldiers

“The salary of the laundress during the Civil War was paid by the Army by deducting the frees from the soldiers’ pay. Each enlisted man had 50 cents withheld monthly, unmarried officers $1.00 to $2.00 monthly and married officers paid $4.00 monthly. If the officer’s had family traveling or visiting with the company, additional fees were negotiated. Since each laundress was responsible for 20 to 30 men, she was well-compensated for her back-breaking labor.”

(Source: https://www.thespruce.com)

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