Civil War Hospital Ship

The U.S.S. Red Rover, a captured Confederate vessel, was refitted as a hospital ship.

Evolution of Civil War Nursing

The evolution of the nursing profession in America was accelerated by the Civil War.

The Practice of Surgery

Amputations were the most common surgery performed during the Civil War.

Army Medical Museum and Library

Surgeon-General William Hammond established The Army Medical Museum in 1862. It was the first federal medical research facility.

Civil War Amputation Kit

Many Civil War surgical instruments had handles of bone, wood or ivory. They were never sterilized.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Minié Ball

The Minié ball changed the face of warfare and of medicine. Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet, author of Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs, discusses the effect of the new and deadly ammunition.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Civil War Medicine Timeline: The War Years (1860 - 1865)

November 6: Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th President of the United States. He is the first Republican to be elected and receives 180 of 303 possible electoral votes. The popular vote is 40 percent.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Civil War Medicine Timeline: The Backstory (1553 - 1859)

Have you ever wondered how modern medicine evolved? How did doctors diagnose illness before MRI’s and X-rays came into use? When were microscopes invented, anyway? Is it true that vaccinating is an old practice? When did it start? When was the stethoscope

Civil War Medicine Timeline: After the War (1866 - 1901)

14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits voting discrimination, denies government office to certain Civil War rebels and repudiates Confederate war debts.


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