"Those Arms Were Not Lost in Vain": Union Soldiers and the Price of Freedom
Date: June 24, 2006
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Antietam National Battlefield
Contact: Kari E. Turner, 301-695-1864 ext. 15
The devastating effects of advances in weaponry, coupled with adherence to outmoded military tactics, placed the Civil War soldier at risk for wounds and injuries resulting in significant, permanent disability and pain. Without an established system (i.e., the modern-day Veterans Administration) that would provide ongoing healthcare and rehabilitation services after war�s end, the seriously wounded Union veteran faced an uncertain future. Yet, the men who fought in the Civil War carried a distinction that not only endured, but also apparently deepened, as they lived out the rest of their lives.
It is the positive aspects of the war experience for veterans that are often underappreciated, and by examining how the Union soldier viewed his service to the nation we can gain insight into this contemporary issue. This is the subject of work currently being explored by Dr. Stephen Goldman. In this intriguing lecture, Dr. Goldman will present his current research on Union soldiers, focusing on the impact of combat and military service on veteran�s lives.
POSTED BY: Tom Shay
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