Like other radical developments during the war, Nashville’s experiment with legalized prostitution evolved as a practical solution to a military problem. Nearly one in 10 Union soldiers were reported to have contracted gonorrhea or syphilis during the war; rates were even higher for troops garrisoned in and around cities.

Interessanter Artikel im immer lesenswerter Disunion-Blog der New York Times: Legalisierung der Prostitution in Nashville, Tenn., im Jahr 1863.