Dissertation-y; with a lot of repetition: "I'm going to argue this, I'm arguing this, I've argued this." Argues that despite official rules at this time in the military against marriage, the practice continued and showed benefits to the military. Discusses upper-, middle- and lower-class marriages.
Some great details and anecdotes, such as the table of how many wives "recognized" by regiment in 1830 showing that despite the cavalry having a reputation as footloose and fancy free, in 1830 at least they had almost the most wives (proportionately).
Good for history and research; not so much for pleasure reading.