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Dear Ms. Kirkpatrick,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Criminal Case Files, 1863-1992 for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21), which contains 6 references to brothels in the 1860s and 16 references to prostitution in the 1860s that might contain some relevant information. We also located the series Letters Received, 1805-1889 in the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1762 - 1917 (Record Group 94) that includes 13 references to prostitution in the late 19th century that, although later than the 1860s, might be helpful for your research. The series Surgeon's Reports on Medical Operations in Various Commands, 1861-1865 in Record Group 94 includes 1 reference to "public women" in Tennessee that might be of interest to you. Most of these records have been digitized and may be viewed online in the Catalog. Please contact the National Archives at Washington, D.C. - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com for more information about these and similar records.
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Finally, you may wish to review books like Catherine Clinton’s Public Women and the Confederacy (1999) or Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber’s Battle Scars: Gender and Sexuality in the American Civil War (2006). We also suggest that you review WorldCat’s subject heading for "Sex Role - Washington (D.C.) - History - 19th Century" to search for other potentially useful resources.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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