Category Archives: Medical

Weekly Whitman: In Clouds Descending, In Midnight Sleep

Sleeping? Dead? Ill? Until brought by the medics sometimes it was impossible to tell. It still is, whether we are looking at old photos, drone footage, or the latest breaking news. I do not know what more to say, but … Continue reading

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Chloroform: Uses and Effects, Part 2

Click here to read Part 1 The medical volumes are helpful for understanding the theories of how chloroform was supposed to be used, but what about the actual experience of soldiers put under its influence for an operation? And why … Continue reading

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Chloroform: Uses and Effects, Part 1

Did chloroform cause patients to hallucinate? The simple question stemmed from some late-night fiction writing of mine in which a character endures a somewhat prophetic nightmare while supposedly on an operating table under the influence of chloroform. While the fictional … Continue reading

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Tracking Down the Sources for Matchless Organization

ECW is pleased to welcome Guy Hasegawa, author of Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department, the latest in the Engaging the Civil War Series, published by Southern Illinois University Press in partnership with ECW. Part two of three. The … Continue reading

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Tracking Samuel Preston Moore Down the Rabbit Hole

ECW is pleased to welcome Guy Hasegawa, author of Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department, the latest in the Engaging the Civil War Series, published by Southern Illinois University Press in partnership with ECW. Part one of three. Matchless … Continue reading

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ECW BookChat: Matchless Organization by Guy Hasegawa

I had the fortune to spend some time (over the past couple of years, actually) with the new book by Guy Hasegawa, Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department. Guy’s book is the latest in the Engaging the Civil War … Continue reading

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Now Available: Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department

We’re excited to announce the release of the next book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, published by Southern Illinois University Press: Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department by Guy Hasegawa. Matchless Organization is “the essential reference about … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “A March in the Ranks Hard-prest, and the Road Unknown”

This particular poem—“A March in the Ranks Hard-prest, and the Road Unknown”—resonates with me because of the work I have done on First Bull Run and the old Sudley Church. Descriptions given by Arthur O’Neil Alcock, of the 11th New … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Discovering The Doctor In The Ranks Of The 2nd Virginia Infantry

The young doctor was going back to Virginia when he believed his homestate was threatened. He had done it once before, leading a “secession movement” from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1859, taking over three hundred students with him … Continue reading

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“On the Heights”: The Field Hospital at Brompton in May 1864

The wagons rolling into Fredericksburg never seemed to stop. Mary Caldwell, an inhabitant of the town, wrote in her diary, “The road near the fair grounds seems to be literally covered.”[1] They were filled with broken and bloodied bodies, the … Continue reading

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