At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, join Dr. Jim Broomall as he discusses his latest book – Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers.
Dr. Broomall will use several figures from his study and follow them across time to relate how the experiences of camp and campaign transformed notions of masculinity and gender identity. He argues the momentous events of the Civil War era are best understood by accessing the stories of individuals. Confederate soldiers came to understand themselves, other men, and their families differently because of their military service. The talk will explore how these changes were enacted and with what results.
Dr. James J. Broomall is an assistant professor of history at Shepherd University and the director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. He co-edited with William A. Link, Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and is the author of Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).