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Andrew Jackson: Chivalric Slave Master

Article in Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXV 2006

Article in the Tennesee Historical Quarterly, 

Vol. LXV, 2006

Ridiculing the Dead: Andrew Jackson and Connecticut Newspapers

Article in Connecticut History 40 (1) 13-31

Contested Mourning: The New York Battle over Jackson's Death

New York History, Winter 2006

Difficult Hunting

 Accessing Connecticut Patient Records to learn about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder During the Civil War.

Matthew Warshauer and Michael Sturges

The American Dream Still Exists

Article in Is the American Dream a Myth, edited by Kate Burns, Greenhaven Press. 

ISBN 0-7377-3494-9. online version:


Difficult Hunting: Accessing CT Patient Records to learn about PTSD During the Civil War

  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Abstract and Objectives

Dr. Matthew Warshauer
Professor of History – Central Connecticut State University

Co-Chair, Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission   Although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was formally named in 1980, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, historians and other researchers have no doubts that psychological ailments meeting the various diagnoses of PTSD affected soldiers in many if not most American wars. Whether one refers to the disorder as Combat or Battle Fatigue (WWII and the Korean War), Shell Shock (WWI), or Soldier’s Heart (Civil War), all of these titles included within the list of symptoms varying elements of present day PTSD. 

Dr. Warshauer, working with a group of graduate students, has been engaged in the study of PTSD among Connecticut Civil War soldiers. In the course of their research they have identified well over 100 soldiers who were alternately treated at Fitch’s Soldiers’ Home (Darien, CT), and/or Connecticut Hospital for the Insane (Middletown, CT and presently CT Valley Hospital - CVH). 

The historical context of PTSD, what has been learned, and how Dr. Warshauer went about getting access to the CVH records will be the focus of his discussion.  The presentation objectives for the audience include: 

  • Gaining an historical understanding of PTSD as it relates to the Civil War.

  • A recognition that psychological trauma has always been one of the devastating realities of war.
  • A consideration of the ways in which issues related to mental health were diagnosed during the early to mid-nineteenth century.

  • An understanding of the difficulty concerning utilizing present-day psychological diagnoses and placing them within the much broader diagnoses of the Civil War era. Recognizing that continued research into both the history of PTSD and its current treatment help to dismantle stigma attached to mental distress in time of war.  

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