Malingering Again

Conflict: Civil War

Malingering, as we learned in a previous spotlight, was when a soldier faked or exaggerated an illness or disability in order to get out of duty. It was especially prevalent during the Civil War, and one surgeon, William Williams Keen, … Continue reading

Human Valentine

Conflict: Uncategorized

Are you fretting this Valentine’s Day about the perfect gift to give that special someone? The usual flowers, red teddy bears and heart-shaped chocolate boxes just aren’t going to cut it this year, you think to yourself. Something more significant … Continue reading

The Greatest Single Hero

Conflict: World War I

Deemed by General Pershing as the “greatest single hero in the American forces” of World War I, Samuel Woodfill—a shy, modest man—would probably never have achieved national fame if granted his own wishes. As one reporter recounted, “It was evident … Continue reading