Professor Peter Blanck and BBI Senior Fellow Larry Logue Webinar on Civil War Veterans Now Online
University Professor and Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Peter Blanck and BBI Senior Fellow Larry Logue hosted a free webinar “Did Civil War Veterans Have PTSD? With Some Lessons for Today’s Veterans” on July 26, 2017.
We encounter PTSD in numerous settings these days. It is most commonly associated with veterans, and some scholars have suggested that PTSD affected combatants from ancient conflicts through World War II and in today’s conflicts. Larry Logue and Peter Blanck’s forthcoming book (2018, Cambridge University Press) examines psychological illness and suicide among veterans of the Union army in the American Civil War. Theirs is the first study to use detailed pension records and death registers to estimate the incidence of mental illness and suicide in those who returned from America’s deadliest war. Dr. Logue will discuss the project’s results and the relevance of PTSD to understanding the past. Dr. Blanck will speak to the implications of the historical findings to the struggles of 21st-century veterans.