Category Archives: Medical

Deliver Me From Anymore Southern Winters

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson Army of the Potomac Private George Augustus Marden’s frequent letters home to family in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, contained fascinating accounts of his Civil War experiences. Others carried disturbing news, such … Continue reading

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Silent Death: Dysentery, Disease and Sickness

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Michael Aubrecht Future years will never know the seething hell and black infernal background and it is best they should not. —Poet Walt Whitman, on the misery he witnessed in hospitals and camps … Continue reading

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The Year in Review 2016: #5

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 … Continue reading

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Stonewall Jackson’s Last Words

One of the most common questions I get when I’m on the road, sharing the story of The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson with Civil War roundtables, concerns Jackson’s last words. Jackson had spent the afternoon of May 10, 1863, fading … Continue reading

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“I Would Rather Be Shot Myself” – Reactions to an Execution, December 1861

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Jake Wynn Assembled in a field near the Fairfax Seminary just beyond Alexandria, Virginia, an entire division of 10,000 soldiers stood in a hollow square with one side missing. At the … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Don’t Cry…It’s Just An Onion

Onions. They add great flavor to holiday foods, but they aren’t fun to cut and chop. I usually end up a crying mess…and – oh joy – either my mom or I will have to chop the onions for stuffing … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Chennault and the Flying Tigers

One of the most famous flying units of World War II was the American Volunteer Group (AVG) under Claire Lee Chennault (pictured). Known as the “Flying Tigers,” the AVG fought in China and Southeast Asia for 7 months (20 December … Continue reading

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Skeleton In The Attic

I was doing some detail photography outside my favorite historical house in Winchester, Virginia. (It’s actually modern law 0ffices, but during the 1860’s, it was the McGuire family home.) Pointing my camera lens toward the upper garret windows, I zoomed in … Continue reading

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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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