Tag Archives: Civil War medicine

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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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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“It is a beautiful morning & it finds me well healthy hale hearty & strong:” A Gettysburg Casualty Writes Home on August 14, 1863

158 years ago today, Daniel Shapley lay in bed at the Market Street Hospital in Newark, New Jersey and wrote a letter home. A member of the 157th New York Infantry since his enlistment in August 1862, he had been … 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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ECW Weekender: African Americans and Civil War Medicine (Virtual Exhibit)

  While looking around for some Civil War medical records this week, I found this online exhibit focusing on African Americans and 1860’s medicine. Presented by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the virtual resources include pages focusing on Black … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN 3: Paige Gibbons Backus

ECW returns to C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” this weekend. The Paige Gibbons Backus’s talk from our 2020 virtual symposium, “A Fight for Life or Death: The Carnage Found in the Medical Field During the Civil War,” debuts on Saturday … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “Everywhere there was joy that the war was over” (Part 18)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 18 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “Our hospital cares and labors made fast friends of many of us” (Part 17)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 17 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “Many of whom had just been liberated from bondage” (Part 16)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 16 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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