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Trigger warning: This article contains detail concerning rape and sexual assault.
On March 12, 1864, in the midst of a bloody war which had long overflowed its thimble, Margaret Brooks was returning from her home near Memphis, Tennessee when her wagon broke down in Nonconnah Creek. Not long after her driver left to find help, three rambunctious New Jersey cavalrymen, all white, approached Brooks, demanding her money. She was then raped multiple times at gunpoint [excerpt].
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Jensen, Anika N., "Finally Speaking Up: Sexual Assault in the Civil War Era" (2015). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 108.
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