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Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the
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Don't miss Kathryn Shively Meier's lecture on August 14, 2014 at noon!  Avoid the lines after the lecture and pre-order your signed copy of Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia.

All books ordered before August 14, 2014, will be signed by the author (sorry, no personalizations).

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By Kathryn Shively Meier

In the Shenandoah Valley and Peninsula Campaigns of 1862, Union and Confederate soldiers faced unfamiliar and harsh environmental conditions   strange terrain, tainted water, swarms of flies and mosquitoes, interminable rain and snow storms, and oppressive heat   which contributed to escalating disease and diminished morale. Using soldiers' letters, diaries, and memoirs, plus a wealth of additional 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.


Meier explores how soldiers forged informal networks of health care based on prewar civilian experience and adopted a universal set of self-care habits, including boiling water, altering camp terrain, eradicating insects, supplementing their diets with fruits and vegetables, constructing protective shelters, and most controversially, straggling. In order to improve their health, soldiers periodically had to adjust their ideas of manliness, class values, and race to the circumstances at hand. Although self-care often proved superior to relying upon the inchoate military medical infrastructure, commanders chastised soldiers for testing army discipline, ultimately redrawing the boundaries of informal health care.

240 pages, Hardcover, ISBN 978-1469610764, The University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

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