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College of Arts & Sciences
Institute for Southern Studies


This Place of Death: Environment as Weapon in the American Civil War

Please join us on Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 6:30PM as we kick off “Southern Discomfort,” a year-long exploration of public health in the American South.

Author of Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War, Dr. Margaret Humphreys will discuss how military strategists and physicians sought to manipulate the physical environment as a tool of war. Dr. Humphreys’s talk will focus on prison camps and how indigenous diseases such as malaria and yellow fever were considered powerful weapons.

Held in Capstone Hall’s Campus Room (902 Barnwell Street), this talk is free and open to the public. Limited parking is available in the lot on the corner of Pendleton and Barnwell streets.