From Broomstick to Battlefields by Bill Speer (2nd Edition)
Henry Clay Robinett, a graduate of Delaware Military Academy, distinguished himself with valor during two Civil war battles—the defense of “Battery Robinett” during the battle of Corinth (October 3-4, 1862) and later during the siege of Vicksburg. Emerging from the war a brevet Major and reduced in rank, his troubles were just beginning when all but life and honor was lost. David Vickers, a classmate of Robinett’s at DMA, also served in the Union army and rapidly rose to the rank of Major. He was captured at the battle of the Wilderness (May 5-7, 1864) and spent most of the rest of the war as a prisoner. Like Robinett, his life’s trajectory was completely altered by his war experiences.
In From Broomsticks to Battlefields, Bill Speer, has done something interesting. He has used the lives of these two cadets to throw some light on several aspects of the American experience and society in the mid to late nineteenth century that have not been fully explored. It also provides a little more insight into the extent to which the horrors of war affect the personality and perhaps the character of participants. It reminds us that historians and psychologists have barely begun to study the question of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury among Civil War Veterans, which are issues we are still tackling with today’s soldiers.
Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-944193-24-9 | 282 Pages BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
HISTORY / Military / United States / Civil War