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November 20, 2012

ULM history professor's articles featured in New York Times

Dr. Terry L. Jones, professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently authored two articles about medical treatment during the Civil War in a special series published in The New York Times.

"Brother Against Microbe," which was published Oct. 26, explains how twice as many Civil War soldiers died from diseases than wounds, said Jones.

"The war occurred at a time when modern medicine was beginning to develop, and even though some treatments did more harm than good because of ignorance, medical care was probably better than has often been portrayed in books and movies."

To read "Brother Against Microbe" visit:

"Under the Knife," published Nov. 17, examines amputations and other surgical procedures during the Civil War, he said.

"Amputation was the most common form of surgery, with Union surgeons performing approximately 30,000 (as compared to 16,000 by American surgeons in World War II). Treatment of gunshot wounds improved as the war dragged on and approximately three out of four patients survived an amputation," he said.

To read "Under the Knife" visit:

Jones, a native of Winn Parish, has served ULM for more than 20 years as a professor. Jones earned his Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University.


For Further Reading

The New York Times has published ten other articles by Jones between 2011-2012, and are available for reading on the New York Times' Web site:

The Free Men of Color Go to War (October 2012), tells the story of the Louisiana Native Guards, the first African American unit in the U.S. Army;

The Dead of Antietam (September 2012), discusses the Louisiana Tigers in the Battle of Antietam and two photographs;

The Battle of Baton Rouge (Aug. 2012), discusses the symbolic battle for the fight over the Louisiana capital;

Brothers in Arms (July 2012), details how two units, one Union; one Confederate, fought against each other in 1862 found themselves fighting alongside each other in Iraq;

The Jewish Rebel (April 2012), which delivers an insightful look into the life of Confederate War Department Secretary Judah P. Benjamin;

The Fall of New Orleans (April 2012), which details how Union Flag Officer David Farragut and the Navy won a "stunning victory" that put the Union one step closer to securing the entire Mississippi River;

The Beast in the Big Easy (May 2012), describes Benjamin F. Butler's brutal rule over New Orleans;

Tiger Execution (Dec. 2011), details how two Louisiana soldiers were among the first to be executed in the Civil War;

The Terrifying Tigers (Sept. 2011), tells how Louisiana soldiers in Virginia became famous for both misbehaving and battlefield heroics; and

The Southern Cross (July 2011), which details how Louisiana soldiers gave birth to the famous Confederate battle flag.

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