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Civil War Clues
THE CIVIL WAR
We have counted 20 references to the South, Rebels and Dixie sprinkled through the Pencil’s drawings that need further study.
Like much of South West Missouri, Nevada, Missouri has an especially violent Civil War history. In 1863 the entire town was destroyed... burned to the ground.
State Lunatic Asylum No.3 was built while our country was still extricating itself from the hugely expensive horror of the Civil War. Did the impact of traumatized Civil War Vets on families and communities partially motivate the enlightened attitudes that led to Moral Treatment and the Kirkbride Plan? Perhaps there are lessons that apply today as we struggle to treat young soldiers who have suffered traumatic injuries in our latest wars.
We are looking for answers for some of these questions. Do you have ideas or information to share. We would love to hear from you... Thanks!