Heavy Laden: Union Veterans, Psychological Illness, and Suicide

Larry Logue & Peter Blanck

Logue, L. M. & Blanck, P. (2018). Heavy Laden: Union Veterans, Psychological Illness, and Suicide, Cambridge University Press.

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The psychological aftereffects of war are not just a modern-day plight. Following the Civil War, numerous soldiers returned with damaged bodies or damaged minds. Drawing on archival materials including digitized records for more than 70,000 white and African-American Union army recruits, newspaper reports, and census returns, Larry M. Logue and Peter Blanck uncover the diversity and severity of Civil War veterans’ psychological distress. Their findings concerning the recognition of veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorders, treatment programs, and suicide rates will inform current studies on how to effectively cope with this enduring disability in former soldiers. This compelling book brings to light the continued sacrifices of men who went to war.