Villainous Compounds: Chemical Weapons and the American Civil War (Paperback)
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Villainous Compounds: Chemical Weapons and the American Civil War (Paperback)

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Most studies of modern chemical warfare begin with World War I and the widespread use of poison gas by both sides in the conflict. However, as Guy R. Hasegawa reveals in this fascinating study, numerous chemical agents were proposed during the Civil War era. As combat commenced, Hasegawa shows, a few forwardthinking chemists recognized the advantages of weaponizing the noxious, sometimes deadly aspects of certain chemical concoctions. They and numerous ordinary citizens proposed a host of chemical weapons, from liquid chlorine in artillery shells to cayenne pepper solution sprayed from fire engines.

In chilling detail, Hasegawa describes the potential weapons, the people behind the concepts, and the evolution of some chemical weapon concepts into armaments employed in future wars. As he explains, bureaucrats in the war departments of both armies either delayed or rejected outright most of these unusual weapons, viewing them as unneeded or unworkable. Nevertheless, many of the proposed armaments presaged the widespread use of chemical weapons in the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries. Especially timely with today's increased chemical threats from terrorists and the alleged use of chemical agents in the Syrian Civil War, Villainous Compounds: Chemical Weapons and the American Civil War expands the history of chemical warfare and exposes a disturbing new facet of the Civil War.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809334308
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This book has all the qualities that mark author Guy Hasegawa sscholarship: an interesting subject, engaging writing, and especially impeccableresearch. Indeed, the bibliography alone is worth the price of this book; readers will be impressed with the breadth of the author s reliance on primary and period sources. The warunleashed some unconventional even mad genius among inventors, North and South, and Hasegawa describes it from arsenic to zinc. James M. Schmidt, author ofGalveston and the Civil War: An Island City in the Maelstrom
One need not have a scientific background to appreciate Hasegawa s fine study of proposed chemical weapons during the Civil War. Thank goodness government officials, North and South, ignored nearly all the toxic, noxious, malodorous, and incendiary recommendations by inventive civilians that Hasegawa has detailed! Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein, Ph.D., author of The Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine
In Villainous Compounds, Hasegawa shows us how physicians, chemists, and inventors worked to develop new devices to fight war.Given what is happening in today s world and the information given by Hasegawa, we can again say that history has much to teach. Gordon E. Dammann, D.D.S., founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
For the military leadership of the American Civil War, few concepts were more important than honor, and few ideas as pervasive as the goal of engaging in civilized warfare. Even as the exigencies of war destroyed these ideals, proposals to use poisonous chemicals in battle were largely rejected.Hasegawa s masterful and exhaustive exploration of toxic Civil War ingenuity charts the course of such ideas, which would come to horrible fruition in World War I. Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D., Josiah Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, Duke University"
-This book has all the qualities that mark author Guy Hasegawa's scholarship: an interesting subject, engaging writing, and--especially--impeccable research. Indeed, the bibliography alone is worth the price of this book; readers will be impressed with the breadth of the author's reliance on primary and period sources. The war unleashed some unconventional--even 'mad'--genius among inventors, North and South, and Hasegawa describes it from 'arsenic' to 'zinc.'---James M. Schmidt, author of Galveston and the Civil War: An Island City in the Maelstrom
-One need not have a scientific background to appreciate Hasegawa's fine study of proposed chemical weapons during the Civil War. Thank goodness government officials, North and South, ignored nearly all the toxic, noxious, malodorous, and incendiary recommendations by inventive civilians that Hasegawa has detailed!---Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein, Ph.D., author of The Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine
-In Villainous Compounds, Hasegawa shows us how physicians, chemists, and inventors worked to develop new devices to fight war. Given what is happening in today's world and the information given by Hasegawa, we can again say that history has much to teach.---Gordon E. Dammann, D.D.S., founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
-For the military leadership of the American Civil War, few concepts were more important than honor, and few ideas as pervasive as the goal of engaging in 'civilized warfare.' Even as the exigencies of war destroyed these ideals, proposals to use poisonous chemicals in battle were largely rejected. Hasegawa's masterful and exhaustive exploration of toxic Civil War ingenuity charts the course of such ideas, which would come to horrible fruition in World War I.---Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D., Josiah Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, Duke University
"This book has all the qualities that mark author Guy Hasegawa's scholarship: an interesting subject, engaging writing, and--especially--impeccable research. Indeed, the bibliography alone is worth the price of this book; readers will be impressed with the breadth of the author's reliance on primary and period sources. The war unleashed some unconventional--even 'mad'--genius among inventors, North and South, and Hasegawa describes it from 'arsenic' to 'zinc.'"--James M. Schmidt, author of Galveston and the Civil War: An Island City in the Maelstrom

"One need not have a scientific background to appreciate Hasegawa's fine study of proposed chemical weapons during the Civil War. Thank goodness government officials, North and South, ignored nearly all the toxic, noxious, malodorous, and incendiary recommendations by inventive civilians that Hasegawa has detailed!"--Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein, Ph.D., author of The Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine

"In Villainous Compounds, Hasegawa shows us how physicians, chemists, and inventors worked to develop new devices to fight war. Given what is happening in today's world and the information given by Hasegawa, we can again say that history has much to teach."--Gordon E. Dammann, D.D.S., founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

"For the military leadership of the American Civil War, few concepts were more important than honor, and few ideas as pervasive as the goal of engaging in 'civilized warfare.' Even as the exigencies of war destroyed these ideals, proposals to use poisonous chemicals in battle were largely rejected. Hasegawa's masterful and exhaustive exploration of toxic Civil War ingenuity charts the course of such ideas, which would come to horrible fruition in World War I."--Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D., Josiah Trent Professor in the History of Medicine, Duke University

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