Grade Levels, Lesson Plans, Type, Grade 11, High School (9-12), Subject, Social Studies, Grade 12

Mutter Museum Civil War Lesson: Trying to Cure Cowardice

Summary:

“The charge of cowardice was to be avoided at all costs,
since a breakdown in battle was interpreted as a
failure of character and a loss of principle. Worst
of all, cowardice was seen as a disgrace that would
reflect poorly upon family and friends, not just
the soldier convicted of the crime. Today we know
that exposure to intense violence can traumatize
soldiers, both physically and mentally. During
the Civil War, if a man suffered an emotional
collapse in battle, the doctors did not think in
terms of what today we call post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD).”

Exercise:

Trying to Cure Cowardice.pdf

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