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Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia by Kathryn Shively Meier

Thursday, August 14, 12:00pm1:00pm
Children $4 Members Free (Join today) Seniors $5 Adults $6
Location:
Virginia Historical Society
Robins Family Forum
Part of the Banner Lecture Series category.
Part of the program.
On August 14 at noon, Kathryn Shively Meier will deliver a Banner Lecture entitled "Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia."

Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 VirginiaIn the Shenandoah Valley and Peninsula Campaigns of 1862, Union and Confederate soldiers faced unfamiliar and harsh environmental conditions, which contributed to escalating disease and diminished morale. Using a wealth of personal accounts, medical sources, newspapers, and government documents, Kathryn Shively Meier reveals how these soldiers strove to maintain their physical and mental health by combating their deadliest enemy—nature. To survive, soldiers forged informal networks of health care based on prewar civilian experience and adopted a universal set of self-care habits, and they periodically had to adjust their ideas of manliness, class values, and race to the circumstances at hand.

Meier, author of Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia, is an assistant professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Limited parking at the VHS due to construction

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In Virginia in 1862, soldiers faced harsh environmental conditions. Kathryn S. Meier reveals how they maintained their health by combating nature.
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Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia

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