Of privations she has much to write but she also notes:
"The truth is, all army women, from the wife of the commanding general down to the wife of a second lieutenant, are treated with so much courtesy and politeness by army officers that they do not like anything that has the least appearance of a slight or an infringement of their rights. They never grow old in a garrison, and always receive attentions to which no woman in citizen life is accustomed when no longer young."
Through births, deaths, and seemingly endless travels to new posts, Lydia followed her husband to the end of his long life as a soldier.
She remembers one incident of a death where the burial services were read by Lieutenant Joseph Wheeler, later a major-general in the Confederacy.
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