Use of a traumatic event category for research: Andersonville prisoners of war

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This article appeared in today's Los Angeles Times.  It describes research based on what amount to our categories, in this case the survivors of the Andersonville prison camp and their descendants.  It also mentions other, similar genetic studies.

Melissa Healy, "Long march of Civil War trauma," Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct 2018, p. B-2.

As an answer to those who question the use of categories on our profiles, this would seem to serve pretty well.

Question for those who have developed profiles belonging to any of the studies mentioned: Does your research validate or qualify what is mentioned in the article?

asked in The Tree House by Susan Anderson G2G6 Mach 1 (16.5k points)
edited by Susan Anderson

2 Answers

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Thank-you for sharing the article.
answered by S Stevenson G2G6 Mach 3 (30.3k points)
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Susan, thanks for posting this.  I find the article fascinating, and yes, the one case history in my family is absolutely consistent with the finding that the sons of POWs died young.  My gg-grandfather was a German immigrant who fought on the Union side in the Civil War, was captured, and was interred at the Andersonville Georgia prison camp for about 13 months.  He survived, returned home, married several years later, and fathered six children.  He died at age 56.  His oldest son, my great grandfather, died at age 27.  There was one younger son who died at age 39.  Of his four daughters, two died at relatively young ages and two lived to a ripe old age.  So the study seems like it's pretty much on the money to me.

I'd love to post a link to the article on my great-grandfather's profile.  Do you know if links to LA Times articles are pretty durable over time, or would I perhaps be better off to link to the original study (the article provides that link)?  Thanks.
answered by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (238k points)
Thanks for providing some confirmation, Dennis.

I'd say post both links, especially since the Andersonville survivor study is particularly relevant to your gg-grandfather and his sons.  The author of this article, Melissa Healy, seems to have done a fair amount of analysis in putting it together, in addition to drawing attention to the original studies she cited, so a link to the LAT article would seem to be proper.  I don't know how long the LAT link will work, but I've linked to articles in their archives going back a number of years.
Thanks, I'll do that.

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