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How Civil War Soldiers Sang About Wounds with Dr. Catherine Bateson
February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST| FREE
COVID-19 and closures won’t stop us from sharing the incredible lessons we can learn from studying medical care during the Civil War!
Join us on Wednesday, February 24 at 1:00 PM on Facebook Live for a virtual program hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. You can tune in live by visiting facebook.com/civilwarmed/live at the scheduled time.
Education Coordinator John Lustrea will talk with Dr. Catherine Bateson about American Civil War songs the dealt with death, disease, and injury. The Civil War led to the creation of tens of thousands of original songs, and a surprising number talked about the experience of being wounded. Music was such an important aspect of the Civil War soldiering experience, but not enough attention has been paid to what meaning the soldiers placed on it. This conversation will highlight specific songs and what they can tell us about Civil War soldiers.
Dr. Catherine Bateson is a tutor and lecturer of American History at Durham University in the UK, where she teaches eighteenth and nineteenth century American slavery, Native American, Civil War and social history to undergraduate students. She has previously lectured, convened courses and tutored at the universities of Edinburgh, Gloucestershire, Wolverhampton and Sussex across the UK, again specializing in American history, studies and British racial history. She gained her PhD in 2018 from the University of Edinburgh, where she worked on the culture and sentiments of Irish American Civil War songs and music, and is currently working on a manuscript about this topic. Catherine is also the current Vice-Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of America (SASA) and was the co-founder for the War Through Other Stuff Society (both organizations are active on Twitter). She also holds a BA from University College London, which included a year of study in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, and a MA in American Studies from King’s College London. She can – with some persuasion – sing Irish American Civil War songs too!
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