I’m also proud to announce that I will be presenting at Chesnutt Hill College’s “Legacy of the Civil War” conference in November. The paper will explore a personal narrative written by Union veteran Charles Cummings who lost his feet in a work related accident but tries to obscure this fact through his writing. By calling himself a “war relic,” he suggests to the reader that his injuries are actually war related. Cummings’ pamphlet provides an excellent example of late nineteenth century attitudes towards veterans as well as discourses surrounding disability and poverty.
For more information on the conference, visit: http://www.chc.edu/civilwar/