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Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War

Jonathan W. White


The Civil War brought upheaval to America, not only in waking hours, but also at night. Sleeplessness plagued the Union and Confederate armies, and dreams of war glided through the sleeping brains of Americans in both North and South. Sometimes the war intruded on soldiers’ and civilians’ nightly visions, vividly bringing the horrors of the conflict to life. For others, nighttime was an escape from the hard realities of life and death in wartime. In this innovative new study, Jonathan W. White explores what dreams meant to Civil War-era Americans, and what their dreams reveal about their exper ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, The Confederacy, Dreams, Prophetic Dreams, Slavery and Slaves, Union and Confederate Soldiers, Nightmares of Battle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632049
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan W. White, author
Christopher Newport University