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Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia

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, this book reveals how these soldiers strove to maintain their physical and mental health by combating their deadliest enemy: nat ... More

Keywords: Shenandoah Valley, Peninsula Campaigns, Confederate soldiers, mosquitoes, snow storms, disease, soldiers' letters, mental health, health care, army discipline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469610764
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469610771_Meier


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Shively Meier, author