James Marten, author of "Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America."
Gerry's Monologue - "This is Gerry Prokopowicz, with Civil War Talk Radio,...
...what happens to soldiers after they have fought in a war? The public often holds conflicting images of veterans. On one hand they are heroes, who annually parade their valor and received the thanks of a grateful nation. But on the other hand, there is the stereotype of a damaged individual, physically or psychologically, unable to compete in the free market and forced to rely on private charity, or the grudging generosity of an increasingly forgetful and even hostile society. We'll look today at how white Civil War veterans faired in the post-war decades, in conversation with James Marten, author of "Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America." That's today, on Civil War Talk Radio."
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