Upcoming Programs

 

Confederate soldier George Nichol lost his left eye at the Battle of Shiloh. Image from the collection of the Tennessee State Library and Archives On Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m.,  Dr. Michael Adams, an author on books about the Civil War, will speak on “The Edge of Sanity:  Psychological Trauma in the Civil War,” a program about trauma visited on soldiers during and after the Civil War and the resulting PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder.)

Adams is a regents professor of history emeritus at Northern Kentucky University, and the author of “Living Hell, The Dark Side of the Civil War,” “The Best War Ever: America and World War II,” and “Our Masters the Rebels: A Speculation on Union Military Failure in the East, 1861-1865,” which won a prize  for the Best Civil War book awarded by the Museum of the Confederacy.

Adams says in his book that people did not appreciate the widespread extent of psychological damage to Civil War soldiers and civilians because the field of psychiatry did not become established until the 1890s. During the Civil War, doctors misdiagnosed mental conditions as cowardice, character loss, of even lack of patriotism, Adams explains in his book. Other soldiers deserted when they could no longer handle the strain of combat. Civilians, whose homes were sometimes in the middle of battles, also found a lack of medical concern to their mental problems.

All the programs are free and open to the public. Information on upcoming programs will be listed on the museum website calendar at tnmuseum.org/calendar.

Above right: Confederate soldier George Nichol lost his left eye at the Battle of Shiloh. Image from the collection of the Tennessee State Library and Archives 

 

 

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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