The “Comfortable Harbour” on the Schuylkill: Naval Asylum Construction and the Beginnings of Federal Veterans’ Care

Brown Bag Session
Moyra Williams Eaton, Pennsylvania State University
Feb 7, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center, Room 105/Zoom


Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office.


Moyra Williams Eaton is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include the politics of veterans’ welfare in the long nineteenth century, state-building, and histories of material culture, the built environment, and historic preservation. Her dissertation, “Constructing a ‘Comfortable Harbour’: The United States Naval Asylum and the Systemization of Veterans’ Care in the Nineteenth Century,” traces the development of systematized veterans’ care through the establishment, opening, and operation of the U.S. Naval Asylum in Philadelphia between 1810 and the early 1870s. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine has featured Moyra’s scholarship and her work has appeared in the Washington Post and Hidden City Philadelphia. The George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, as well as the Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia have supported her research.