The Civil War Veteran: A Historical Reader

The Civil War Veteran: A Historical Reader

by Larry M. Logue
     
 

The Civil War Veteran presents a profound but often troubling story of the postwar experiences of Union and Confederate Civil War veterans. Most ex-soldiers and their neighbors readjusted smoothly. However, many arrived home with or developed serious problems; poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, and other manifestations of post traumatic stress

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The Civil War Veteran presents a profound but often troubling story of the postwar experiences of Union and Confederate Civil War veterans. Most ex-soldiers and their neighbors readjusted smoothly. However, many arrived home with or developed serious problems; poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, and other manifestations of post traumatic stress syndrome, such as flashbacks and paranoia, plagued these veterans. Black veterans in particular suffered a particularly cruel fate: they fought with distinction and for their freedom, but postwar racism obliterated recognition of their wartime contributions.

Despite these hardships, veterans found some help from federal and state governments, through the establishment of a national pension system and soldiers' homes. Yet veterans did not passively accept this assistance—some influenced and created policy in public office, while others joined together in veterans’ organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic to fight for their rights and to shape the collective memory of the Civil War. As the number of veterans from wars in the Middle East rapidly increases, the stories in the pages of The Civil War Veteran give us valuable perspective on the challenges of readjustment for ex-soldiers and American society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814752036
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Pages:
457
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I Transition to Peace
Part II Problems of Readjustment
Part III Governments Provide Aid
Part IV Veterans Fight Their Own Battles
Part V Veterans Shape the Collective Memory
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index
About the Editors
Contents

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