Sunday, August 9, 2015

Expansion of Navy Medicine in the Civil War


Following their recapture by Union forces, the two naval hospitals in the South—Portsmouth (Va.) and Pensacola were put back into operation. In addition to the naval hospitals that had been established before the war, at least four others came on line between 1862 and 1865. These hospitals at Mound City, Ill. (1862); Memphis, Tn. (1863); New Orleans, La. (1863); and Port Royal, S.C. (1864), were located within the theater of operations of the blockading river squadrons and acted as receiving hospitals, taking patients on a short-term basis.

Image: Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Va. (Norfolk)


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