An Interview with Michael Adams

Our conversation with Michael Adams, the Regents Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University and author of “Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War,” now out with Johns Hopkins University Press. In the interview, Dr. Adams details the wide ranging horrors of the Civil War from the trials of initial enlistment and camp diseases, to the perils of actually being on the march and in combat, to the mental terrors that befell soldiers in the aftermath of the battles and the bloody landscapes they left in their wake.

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Civil War Quarters

[W]hile army regulations set strict guidelines for the layout of army camps—prescribing, for instance, that tents be arranged in neat rows by company—in many cases “there was much of the…