GDG- Now: CW PTSD was: Custer: G'burg, LBH & Philbrick

Bill Speer bspeer at
Sat Jan 21 08:02:29 CST 2012

In research for my book: Broomstick to Battlefields: After the Battle the
Story of Henry Clay Robinett, at first it was quite clear to me that he
suffered from PTSD.  I met with numerous Army psychologists & psychiatrists
and they drew quite a few interesting conclusions from the evidence (we have
numerous letters from Robinett written both during and after the war).  He
was a victim of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury from a head wound at the battle
of Corinth.  This is also one of the symptoms our soldiers exhibit today
from IEDs.  He also exhibited numerous PTSD symptoms.  Their conclusions
were fascinating; what they could extrapolate from his letters and actions
was quite startling.   My book goes into great detail on this and to explain
Robinett's actions. 

There is a study that looks at both Vietnam and the Civil War related to
this topic: Dean, Eric T. Jr. Shook Over Hell Post-Traumatic Stress:
Vietnam, and the Civil War.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University
Press, 1997.


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Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:

In a message dated 1/20/2012 9:45:41 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
tbarrett21 at writes:

I'm not  familiar with anything like a serious study of PTSD in the  post-CW
period.  If anybody knows of one, I, for one would be  interested.
Anything I have seen is just bits and pieces in various books on wider  
topics.  But I am certain there is a gold mine of information in material
post-war veterans organizations.  I am somewhat familiar with what was  
published by the organization for Veterans of the Fourteenth Connecticut  
Infantry, and tucked away in their "newsletters" and obituary notices are  
glimpses of various men whose lives never really came back together after
war, unable to hold responsible jobs, restless, wandering.

Bruce  Trinque
Amston, CT
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