Category Archives: Medical

ECW Weekender: In Lincoln’s Footsteps at Point of Rocks

On March 27, 1865, President Lincoln made a trip to Point of Rocks, on the Appomattox River. The day trip, which was just part of his visit to the war lines, may have started out as a compassionate mission to … Continue reading

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Sally Louisa Tompkins: Nurse, Philanthropist, Captain

Throughout history, women have been pushed into extraordinary situations, rising to the challenge and earning their place in the history. Women’s History Month is dedicated to celebrating the perseverance of women throughout history and today as we strive to overcome … Continue reading

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“I Found My Passion For The Subject”

Growing up visiting museums and traveling to battlefields, I always had an interest in history and knew what I wanted to work with it. Yet I didn’t really know how to go about getting into the field. In the end, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/4-3/10/19

Who is your favorite Civil War nurse? Why? (And don’t forget both men and women served as nurses in Civil War hospitals.)

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Facebook Cover Photo: Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

The Medal of Honor was created during the Civil War, and since then over 3,500 have been awarded for gallantry to members of the American armed forces. But of those recipients, only one has been a woman. Mary Edwards Walker … Continue reading

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Susie King Taylor: The First African American Army Nurse

“I was born under the slave law in Georgia, in 1848, and was brought up by my grandmother in Savannah.” So begin the memoirs of Civil War nurse Susie King Taylor, a most unusual woman in many ways. She was … Continue reading

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The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion

When it comes to primary resources regarding Civil War medicine, one of the best sources available to researchers is the The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. The history grew out of what was known as … Continue reading

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2018 Year in Review: #2

Our second-most-read post from 2018 involved a recent discovery from the war’s first major battle: 2) Limb Pit at Manassas National Battlefield Continues to Show the Horrors of Civil War Medicine by Paige Gibbons Backus (August 27, 2018) Workers digging … Continue reading

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“Good Cheer Prevailed” – Celebration and Reflection for a Confederate Surgeon in 1863 Arkansas

Christmas of 1863 was one of relief for the five-thousand men of the Confederate District of Arkansas. They had been settled in their winter encampment just west of Camden, Arkansas after months of battlefield defeats at Prairie Grove, Helena, and … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Hospitals: Bringing Cheer to a Dreary Holidays

It is never fun to spend the holidays in the hospital and it was no different during the Civil War. Soldiers in pain from battle wounds or suffering from diseases or infections, sometimes exasperated by wartime shortages, made the holiday … Continue reading

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