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Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South by Diane Miller Sommerville (review)

Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South by Diane Miller... attach to their diaries? If, as Stowe states, Keep the Days offers news ways for understanding the world in which Confederate women lived, what are those new ways? Fascinating questions all, but sadly unanswered by this monograph. Diane Miller Sommerville diane miller sommerville is a professor of history at Binghamton University, SUNY, and the author of Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South. By Diane Miller Sommerville. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Pp. 448. Cloth, $105.00; paper, $34.95.) In April 1866, Thomas Peters shot himself. He had served in the Confederate army during the war, though his service had been surprisingly short. A Tennessean, Peters enlisted in a light artillery unit soon after his nineteenth birthday and quickly earned promotion to the rank of lieuten- ant. But only a few months later, he received a hasty discharge, apparently because superiors raised questions about his courage and about the state of his mental health. Peters returned to civilian life with his tail between his legs, and he was dressed in his old officer’s uniform on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South by Diane Miller Sommerville (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 10 (1) – Mar 2, 2020

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attach to their diaries? If, as Stowe states, Keep the Days offers news ways for understanding the world in which Confederate women lived, what are those new ways? Fascinating questions all, but sadly unanswered by this monograph. Diane Miller Sommerville diane miller sommerville is a professor of history at Binghamton University, SUNY, and the author of Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War–Era South. By Diane Miller Sommerville. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Pp. 448. Cloth, $105.00; paper, $34.95.) In April 1866, Thomas Peters shot himself. He had served in the Confederate army during the war, though his service had been surprisingly short. A Tennessean, Peters enlisted in a light artillery unit soon after his nineteenth birthday and quickly earned promotion to the rank of lieuten- ant. But only a few months later, he received a hasty discharge, apparently because superiors raised questions about his courage and about the state of his mental health. Peters returned to civilian life with his tail between his legs, and he was dressed in his old officer’s uniform on the

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 2, 2020

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