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The Resource Pathway to hell : a tragedy of the American Civil War, Dennis W. Brandt

Pathway to hell : a tragedy of the American Civil War, Dennis W. Brandt

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Pathway to hell : a tragedy of the American Civil War
Title
Pathway to hell
Title remainder
a tragedy of the American Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Dennis W. Brandt
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Language
eng
Summary
"Shell shock, battle fatigue, posttraumatic stress disorder, lacking moral courage-different terms for the same mental condition and a haunting presence in wars throughout history. This is the unique story of one young Pennsylvanian, Angelo M. Crapsey, who marched off to war with a patriotic chip on his shoulder only to stagger home two years later under the crushing burden that war had imposed on him. The specter of psychological destruction has marched beside all soldiers in all wars, forever standing at the ready to ravish minds. The topic became much too familiar to the American public in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. As veterans of World War II and Korea reach their advanced years, many of them are purging themselves of half-century-long nightmares. Sadly, we continue to fill casebooks with new stories of psychological damage inflicted on those now struggling in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet rarely does the subject reveal itself when discussing America's great conflict, the Civil War. A public that venerates the many well preserved battlefields never seems to offer more than passing notice of the mindwasting terror that affected the men who fought there. That is why this book exists. Its detailed view of mental stress makes it almost unique in the vast literature of the American Civil War. Gleaned almost exclusively from extensive primary accounts, most previously unpublished and none well known, Pathway to Hell offers sobering insight into the horrors that war wreaked upon one young man. His voice is critical to a proper recounting and appears often in the telling, even though he seemed oblivious about what was happening to him. Other voices are heard as well, including those who influenced him before the war and who may have contributed to his destruction. It is also a tale of a town that fought both him and his ideals and is a fresh insight into a famous regiment in which he so nobly served. Lastly, it is a search - a necessarily frustrating one - for the reasons why it all happened. Equally as important to the author is his method of telling the story. This is an account of human suffering, of how one man did and did not deal with fear and overwhelming emotions. To recount it with dry, academic terminology would be to this soldier - indeed, all soldiers - a grave disservice because it would reach a smaller audience when we should all be made aware of what happened to Crapsey. With that goal in mind, the author constructed this book to reach the widest possible readership." "The psychological punishment that war metes out is a topic the reader mayor may not enjoy reading, but it is guaranteed that it will enlighten them."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
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1946-
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Brandt, Dennis W.
Dewey number
  • 973.7/448092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
Index
index present
LC call number
E468.9
LC item number
.B695 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Crapsey, Angelo M
  • Crapsey, Angelo M
  • Crapsey, Angelo M
  • United States
  • United States
  • Soldiers
  • Veterans
  • Veterans
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Suicide
Label
Pathway to hell : a tragedy of the American Civil War, Dennis W. Brandt
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-197) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
223105438
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
208 pages
Isbn
9780980149623
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008014194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)223105438
Label
Pathway to hell : a tragedy of the American Civil War, Dennis W. Brandt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-197) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
223105438
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
208 pages
Isbn
9780980149623
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008014194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)223105438

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