“Courage mattered. Loyalty mattered. Honor mattered. Personal Pride mattered. Soldiers, and their culture, defined these as masculine values. The Gilded Age substituted gain for cause and friends for comrades.” Richard White

The Adams family are endlessly interesting.

Nothing Gilded, Nothing Gained-Period Drama on Paper at Middlemay Farm

Charles being masculine. Charles being masculine.

Charles Francis Adams, despite being considered an authority on the management of railroads couldn’t keep the Union Pacific stable as its president. One of the reasons, according to Richard White in Railroaded,  was the boys–the young men too young to have fought in the war seemed “weak, unruly, willful and hard to control.”

On July 9, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Colonel Adams for the award of the rank of brevet (honorary) brigadier general, United States Volunteers, “for distinguished gallantry and efficiency at the battles of Secessionville, South Carolina and South Mountain and Antietam, Maryland and for meritorious services during the war” to rank from March 13, 1865 and the U. S. Senate confirmed the award on July 23, 1866. [wiki]

When the mother of one of his young subordinates (at the railroad) wrote about the hardships of his life…

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  1. This urge is best sublimated into sport

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    1. Agreed. But now they want to soften sports.

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  2. Nostalgia just ain’t like it used to be. 😉

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    1. Yeah, them were the days when I had to walk a mile and a half to school in a catholic school skirt–in winter!! (They didn’t have soccer moms, minivans and child protect services spies everywhere back then). 🙂

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