Pop Culture has always served as a useful and important way for the public to engage with Civil War history. The fall 2015-16 television season saw another high-profile example when PBS broadcast the Civil War hospital drama Mercy Street.
Guest author Paige Gibbons Backus, who supervises a Civil War medicine-related historical site in Prince William County, Virginia, offered an assessment of the period drama. It was a qualified endorsement—perhaps a backhanded compliment—when she said, It could have been worse.
Coming in at #5: “A Review of Mercy Street: The Miniseries That Could Have Been Worse” by Paige Gibbons Backus, originally posted on January 26, 2017.