Exceptional Sufferers

in War Stories

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780226108629
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226108643 | DOI:
Exceptional Sufferers

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This chapter examines the stories of white enlistees for the Union Army with respect to confronting wounds and sicknesses. It suggests that it was no easy matter for Union enlistees to suffer in the way they did, given the medical realities they confronted. This chapter also discusses the history of how tales of heroic sufferings first emerged in America and describes the story of a woman volunteer who witnessed wounded Union soldiers “scattered here and there without food or water for twenty-four hours.”

Keywords: white enlistees; wounds; sicknesses; Union Army; heroic sufferings; American; wounded soldiers

Chapter.  14425 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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