A Wounded Mind: Newell Gleason's Civil War

 

    The La Porte County Historical Society will be presenting a program on Saturday, August 18th, starting at 1 PM at its museum, located at 2405 Indiana Ave. at the south entrance to La Porte. The program, entitled “A Wounded Mind: Newell Gleason’s Civil War, 1862-1886,” will be presented by Dr. David L. Hay.

     This presentation will consider the life of Newell Gleason, a civil engineer living in LaPorte who volunteered in 1862 to fight for the Union, leading a regiment and later a brigade. After heroically commanding the 87th Indiana Volunteer Regiment at the battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, Gleason displayed increasingly erratic behavior, exhibiting many symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), what was called a “mind wound” in that era. Named a brigadier general in 1865, he endured his condition with mixed success until taking his own life in 1886. For nearly 25 years, Gleason fought a psychological civil war, a war that he lost.

    The talk will be accompanied by a slide presentation of images of Gleason’s life and times, including the battles of Chickamauga and of Missionary Ridge fought by the 87th Indiana.       

    David Hay is a life-long resident of LaPorte County, his ancestors first settling here in 1855. He earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an M.B.A. in accounting from Northwestern University.  David is retired from the faculty of Purdue Northwest, and enjoys playing music, reading, researching local history, and spending time with his four children and two grandchildren. He is active in the Presbyterian Church of LaPorte and is a trustee of the Susan Hay Hemminger Scholarship Foundation that helps finance college for County residents.

    David’s interest in the Civil War was nurtured by battlefield trips while growing up, and this topic was sparked by the Civil War service of ancestor Nelson Titus, a private in the 87th Indiana Volunteers.

    The La Porte County Historical Society will be presenting a program on Saturday, August 18th, starting at 1 PM at its museum, located at 2405 Indiana Ave. at the south entrance to La Porte. The program, entitled “A Wounded Mind: Newell Gleason’s Civil War, 1862-1886,” will be presented by Dr. David L. Hay.

     This presentation will consider the life of Newell Gleason, a civil engineer living in LaPorte who volunteered in 1862 to fight for the Union, leading a regiment and later a brigade. After heroically commanding the 87th Indiana Volunteer Regiment at the battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, Gleason displayed increasingly erratic behavior, exhibiting many symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), what was called a “mind wound” in that era. Named a brigadier general in 1865, he endured his condition with mixed success until taking his own life in 1886. For nearly 25 years, Gleason fought a psychological civil war, a war that he lost.

    The talk will be accompanied by a slide presentation of images of Gleason’s life and times, including the battles of Chickamauga and of Missionary Ridge fought by the 87th Indiana.       

    David Hay is a life-long resident of LaPorte County, his ancestors first settling here in 1855. He earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an M.B.A. in accounting from Northwestern University.  David is retired from the faculty of Purdue Northwest, and enjoys playing music, reading, researching local history, and spending time with his four children and two grandchildren. He is active in the Presbyterian Church of LaPorte and is a trustee of the Susan Hay Hemminger Scholarship Foundation that helps finance college for County residents.

    David’s interest in the Civil War was nurtured by battlefield trips while growing up, and this topic was sparked by the Civil War service of ancestor Nelson Titus, a private in the 87th Indiana Volunteers.