Deaf History That — “Deaf Soldiers”

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Our last video of #deafhistoryTHAT series brings us way back to the Civil War. Were deaf people involved in the Civil War? You bet! #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories

VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT: Linsay Darnall, Jr. is sitting on the ground, in front of a tent. There is a night lamp to the left of Linsay. On the right is a campfire. A small transparent NAD logo appears on bottom right.

LINSAY: During the American Civil War, 1861-1865, many deaf schools in the north remained open and continued to teach the students. However, in the south, the deaf schools were closed because the teachers joined the armies to fight in the war. This prompted the superintendents to close the schools for the duration of the war. I wanted to share about deaf people who enlisted in the army. One of whom I’d like to talk about is George Fischer who came from a large sea-faring family. He joined the Navy and during the war he lost his hearing. The Navy decided to place him on shore duty where he remained till the end of the war. Another soldier named Henry Clay Adams rode with John Singleton Mosby in Virginia where he was involved in the campaigns. One day, Henry was riding on his horse and was ambushed by the U.S. Cavalry when they gave chase. Henry was shot in the back and in two weeks, he passed away. So maybe we think that deaf people did not have any part in the war, this is not true. Deaf people were very involved in various aspects and that led to the creation of many legends. Stories like these help us understand how deaf people have contributed to the American Civil War.

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