Category Archives: Medical
The photo to the right is the Union field hospital at Savage Station, Virginia, the day after the Battle of Gaines’s Mill on June 27, 1862. Hours after this photograph was taken, most of these men ended up as Confederate … Continue reading
George Patton famously said that “an army is a team.” Often, this statement is taken in terms of commanders and units working together, but there is another essential element that makes an army (or any headquarters) work: the command staff.
While working on my thesis recently, I was reading Medical Recollections of the Army of the Potomac by Dr. Letterman. He offered a brief note about the wounding of Stonewall Jackson at the battle of Chancellorsville:
By ECW Correspondent Liam McGurl Emerging Civil War will hold its second symposium August 7-9 at Stevenson Ridge. In honor of the event, six guest speakers are scheduled to address topics relating to this year’s theme, “Civil War Legacies.” One … Continue reading
Northerners across the country had reason to celebrate in mid-April 1865. The war had ended in a Union victory, with the Union restored and the emancipation of millions of African Americans from bondage. As celebrations in the forms of speeches, … Continue reading
When 1865 brought forth another year of the war and the Army of the Potomac still occupied its miles of trenches at the front around Petersburg, William Child, surgeon of the 5th New Hampshire Infantry was a man of mixed … Continue reading
Abraham Lincoln fittingly spent the tail end of the Petersburg Campaign at the front, docked in the River Queen offshore from the Federal headquarters at City Point. He met with important generals to discuss strategy, reviewed Union troops and their Confederate … Continue reading