"What's rheumatics? Tain't Antietam": Disability, Old Age, and Civil War Pensions

Nathaniel Windon

Penn State University

Nathaniel A. Windon is a doctoral candidate in the English department at Penn State University and lives in Baltimore, MD where he teaches at Loyola University. His dissertation, “Gilded Old Age,” considers the social construction of old age in the late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century United States. This past semester Nathaniel was a Fellow at the Center for American Literary Studies at Penn State; his work appears in Common-place and is forthcoming in American Literature. 


As the largest non-contagious disease that afflicted Civil War soldiers, the most widely observed condition for successful pension applications, and the hardest disease to diagnose because its symptoms could be feigned,... [ view full abstract ]


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