I am looking for non-fiction accounts of homosexuality / gay / male-male love in the Civil War era including what it was like to be (what we now refer to as) gay/homosexual in this period, gay and living in cities and on plantations, how gay people met one another, whether they had their own social circles and codes of identifying one another, what life was like for everyday civilians and Union and especially Confederate soldiers, etc.
I would be especially interested in any accounts or stories on this topic in the Southern Missouri / Northern Arkansas area (Joplin, Springfield, Wilson's Creek, Carthage, Cassville, Purdy, Bentonville, Fayetteville, etc.) especially of Union and Confederate soldiers, but I am doubtful anything so specific of this topic even exists.
Bell Irvin Wiley's book, "The Life of Johnny Reb" (Doubleday, 1943), p. 54, has this: "A few weeks before the Seven Days' campaign a newspaper reported a large influx of prostitutes of both sexes into the capital, and remarked that 'they have been disporting themselves extensively on the sidewalks, and in hacks and open carriages . . . [indulging in] smirks and smiles, winks, and . . . remarks not of a choice kind in a loud voice.'" - Richmond Daily Dispatch, May 6, 1862.