Category Archives: Medical

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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Coming Soon: A Grisly Night at the Museum

You’ll want to hurry if you’re planning to attend a “ghoulish night” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine this coming weekend. Here’s an event description from the museum website and links to get your tickets. (Thanks, Meg Groeling, for … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: A Day in the Life of a Soldier

Here’s a phenomenal ECW Weekender opportunity from the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield. Hear first-person portrayals of the lives of Union and Confederate soldiers and surgeons. Take a walking tour of the Wilderness Tavern and the grounds of Ellwood. Also, … Continue reading

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From The ECW Archives: General Ewell’s Wound At Groveton

In 2015, Phill Greenwalt published research about Confederate General Richard Ewell’s injury during the Battle of Groveton, which was an opening engagement of Second Bull Run. Since it’s that battle anniversary day, here is a re-run of that original blog … Continue reading

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Limb Pit at Manassas National Battlefield Continues to Show the Horrors of Civil War Medicine

After over 150 years, the Civil War is still one of the mostly widely studied historical moments in history with new discoveries continuously being made. Recently one of these extraordinary finds took place while workers were digging at a construction … Continue reading

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CHAS: The California Historical Artillery Society-Part 2

Continuing my interview with Judith Boling from the California Historical Artillery Society … MG: What is the most common question asked during your demonstrations? JB: “How does CHAS train the horses to stand the gunfire and commotion on the battlefield?” … Continue reading

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CHAS: The California Historical Artillery Society-Part 1

There is nothing more exciting at a Civil War reenactment than seeing horses doing what horses used to do, and doing it well. One organization in California has dedicated themselves to presenting this type of experience for onlookers, and to … Continue reading

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