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Author Miller, Brian Craig, author

Title Empty sleeves : amputation in the Civil War South / Brian Craig Miller
Published Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 257 pages) : illustrations
Series Uncivil wars
Uncivil wars.
Contents Introduction: Empty sleeves in Civil War history and memory -- The surgeons : gray anatomy -- The patients : enduring the "fearfulest test" of manhood -- The women : reconstructing Confederate manhood -- The return : adjusting to dependency and disability -- The state : the politics of paying damages -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Amputation statistics -- Appendix B: Prosthetic limb programs -- Appendix C: Pension programs
Summary "This will be the first book about the Civil War to examine the meaning of amputation, and of amputees, in the U.S. South. Brian Craig Miller provides medical history of the procedure, looks at men who rejected amputation, and examines how Southern men and women adjusted their ideas about honor, masculinity, and love in response to the presence of large numbers of amputees during and after the war. While some historians have explored the lives of the wounded, disabled and amputated soldiers throughout the major military conflicts of the twentieth century, few monographs have returned to a time when medical care remained primitive at best in American history: the Civil War. While one recent article explored what amputation may have meant to Union soldiers returning from battle, the same has yet to be done for the losing side in the military conflict. The destruction of slavery, the perseverance of the Union and the triumph of liberty, freedom and equality ensured that the sacrifices of Northern men would be recognized, memorialized and cherished for generations beyond the battlefield. However, can the same be said for Southern amputated men, who returned from the war scarred, disillusioned and defeated? In his travels in the South over the past five years, Miller has combed through archives, producing a wealth of surgical and medical manuals, hospital records, surgeons reports, diary, letter and journal entries pertaining to amputation, legislative records, pension files and applications, newspaper reports and numerous anecdotes about what it means to lose a limb. These sources allow Miller to combine political, medical, military, social, cultural and gender history into a much-needed disability study of the Confederacy"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Amputees -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Amputation -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century
Surgery, Military -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century
Disabled veterans -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Masculinity -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century
Amputees -- rehabilitation
Amputees -- history
Amputation, Surgical -- history
Military Medicine -- history
Amputees -- psychology
American Civil War
History, 19th Century
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- Military -- Veterans.
Masculinity -- Social aspects
Medical care
Social aspects
Social conditions
Surgery, Military
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects
Confederate States of America -- Social conditions.
Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
United States
Confederate States of America
Southern States
United States
United States -- Confederate States of America
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780820343334