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The Resource Nature's Civil War : common soldiers and the environment in 1862 Virginia, Kathryn Shively Meier

Nature's Civil War : common soldiers and the environment in 1862 Virginia, Kathryn Shively Meier

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Nature's Civil War : common soldiers and the environment in 1862 Virginia
Title
Nature's Civil War
Title remainder
common soldiers and the environment in 1862 Virginia
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Shively Meier
Title variation
Common soldiers and the environment in 1862 Virginia
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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. While 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."--Jacket
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Meier, Kathryn Shively
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Self-care, Health
  • Self-care, Health
  • Military life
  • Military life
Label
Nature's Civil War : common soldiers and the environment in 1862 Virginia, Kathryn Shively Meier
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Health and the American populace before 1862 -- At war with nature -- Soldiers and official military health care -- Becoming a seasoned soldier -- Straggling and the limits of self-care -- Conclusion: self-care beyond 1862
Control code
ocn838415638
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 219 p.
Isbn
9781469610764
Lccn
2013015620
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Nature's Civil War : common soldiers and the environment in 1862 Virginia, Kathryn Shively Meier
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Health and the American populace before 1862 -- At war with nature -- Soldiers and official military health care -- Becoming a seasoned soldier -- Straggling and the limits of self-care -- Conclusion: self-care beyond 1862
Control code
ocn838415638
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 219 p.
Isbn
9781469610764
Lccn
2013015620
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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