Category Archives: Medical

A Sharpshooter’s Postscript to Gettysburg, Part 5: Imboden’s Train of Misery Transports the Confederate Wounded South

Part five in a series. We welcome back guest author Robert M. Wilson. Of the varied and often extreme challenges faced by the Army of Northern Virginia in its retreat from Gettysburg, the ordeals suffered on the wagon caravan carrying wounded … Continue reading

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An Olfactory Follow-Up

On Thursday, I stirred up a big stink in Atlanta from July 1864. That wasn’t the only one: COMPLAINTS.–Some of the inmates of the Gate City Hospital complain that an old building near the hospital is filled with hides, which omit an intolerable … Continue reading

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You Could Feel Atlanta in Your Olfactory

“You can feel it in your olfactory,” as Loudoun Wainwright famously phrased it. …which is the subject of this editorial in the Atlanta Intelligencer of July 2, 1864. Under title of “The City,” the paper’s editors commented on a big rainstorm that suddenly … Continue reading

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Civil War Generals’ Sex Quiz

Here’s a little April 1st tomfoolery for you. Prepare to get sassy with your morning coffee: the Civil War Generals’ Sex Quiz: 

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Reports of Hood’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated…

[Note: Last week, Steve offered new insights about the location of Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood’s amputated leg. Today, he follows up with more about Hood’s operation and the erroneous report that he died during surgery.] After the battle of … Continue reading

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We’re Still Arguing about General Hood

No, I’m not talking about Gen. John Bell Hood’s decision to launch that tragic frontal assault at Franklin, or to entrench before Thomas’ army at Nashville, inviting disaster. I’m talking about Hood’s right leg. Go to Tunnel Hill, Georgia (north … Continue reading

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Southern Matrons: Civil War Women Nurses (part five)

Editor’s Note: In 2013, Virginia Bensen penned a series about female Civil War nurses. Some of those articles remain among our most read, even to this day. As sometimes happens, life got in the way for Virginia, who had to … Continue reading

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A Review of Mercy Street: The Miniseries That Could Have Been Worse

Today we’re pleased to welcome guest author Paige Gibbons Backus, the Historic Site Manager for Ben Lomond Historic Site, a Civil War hospital museum located in Manassas, Virginia. The Civil War is arguably one of the most studied subjects in American history. … Continue reading

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Author & Nurse: The Woman Who Wrote “Hospital Sketches”

With the new PBS series Mercy Street starting last weekend, there is a new heightened interest in Civil War medicine and nurses. We hope you enjoy this blog about a real woman who travelled to Washington D.C. and volunteered as … Continue reading

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“The New Nurse” – Review of Mercy Street, Episode 1

In case you haven’t heard yet, PBS is featuring a new historical mini-series set during the American Civil War! It’s called Mercy Street and the first episode premiered last Sunday. In this beginning presentation – The New Nurse – the viewers are … Continue reading

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