Dreams of War and Peace: The Remarkable Night Life of Civil War Americans

As might be expected, feelings of guilt, and deep-seated anxieties often materialized in dreams. The most striking and common iniquity to appear in dreams was marital infidelity. Young men on faraway battlefields feared that their wives and sweethearts might lose hope and fall into the arms of a sneaking coward at home.

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This lecture examines the dreams of soldiers and civilians from the Civil War era, exploring what they dreamt about and what their dreams tell us about their emotional experiences during the war.


Civil War and Reconstruction Military

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