Category Archives: Medical

General Turned Chemist

Another installment of the series “Tales from the Tombstone”  Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia on September 8, 1829, Seth Maxwell Barton had one of the unique post-Civil War careers out of any of the former Confederate general officers. He became a noted … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 3: Civil War Nurses Series: Interesting Facts about Northern Nurses

One great misconception many people have regarding nurses in both the Union and Confederacy is that they assisted the surgeons in medical procedures. This was for the most part not the case, except in rare situations in the field. During … Continue reading

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The Nurse: Women Nurses in the Civil War, part four

Part four in a series The definition of “nurse” in John Daly’s Professional Nursing: Concepts, Issues and Challenges is “Nursing is a societally mandated, socially constructed practice profession existing to serve a public that has certain expectations of nurses and … Continue reading

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Dealing with Death—Women Nurses in the Civil War, part three

part three in a series Handbook of Death and Dying, Volume 1 as well as in both of Drew Gilpin Faust’s works regarding death during the Civil War explains that antebellum American culture was preoccupied with death – both in … Continue reading

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Influence of Religion: Women Nurses in the Civil War—part two

Part two of a series In the book, Religion and the American Civil War, the authors discuss how religion became important in America during the early republic and into the early 1800s.  This became particularly true as the United States … Continue reading

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Expectations of a Lady: Women Nurses in the Civil War—part one

part one in a series Before we examine the role of women as nurses in the Civil War, a brief literature review can help us better understand the expectations of an Antebellum lady. In 1966 Barbara Welter, in her description of … Continue reading

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Women Nurses in the Civil War: Introduction

This is the first in a series of articles about women nurses in the Civil War. Numerous scholarly books and articles have been written about women’s participation as nurses in the American Civil War. These same articles use the term … Continue reading

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The Smoothbore Volley and the Calamity at Chancellorsville

Physician Matthew Lively says historian Bob Krick is wrong about the wounding of Stonewall Jackson. In the mid-nineties, historian Robert K. Krick redefined the story of Jackson’s wounding with his groundbreaking essay “The Smoothbore Volley that Doomed the Confederacy.” In … Continue reading

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CVBT preserves the site where Jackson’s arm was amputated

From our friends at the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust comes word that they’ve preserved another important track associated with the battle of Chancellorsville: the site of the Wilderness field hospital where surgeons removed Stonewall Jackson’s arm following Jackson’s accidental wounding … Continue reading

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First or Second?

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