Brown Bag, Research Fellow The Ordeal of Homecoming: Northern Civilians and Union Veterans 30 August 2019.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Patrick Browne, Boston University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Brown_Bags//empty_sleeve.jpg

Recent studies of Union veterans hold that northern civilians were eager to forget the Civil War, ignorant of the plight of the veteran, and inept in their few attempts to aid his adjustment. This talk challenges those assessments by focusing on the efforts of Frederick N. Knapp, Head of the Special Relief Department of the US Sanitary Commission. It outlines the unprecedented mechanisms he put in place to bring soldiers home and aid in their transition to civilian life. It also touches on the work of the Boston branch of the Sanitary Commission and the Boston Discharged Soldiers Home.