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  1. kyle.dalton

    The Tompkins Stretcher

    Here at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine we hold the only surviving example of this deluxe stretcher from the final days of the conflict. It is a heavily altered original, but nonetheless a fascinating and rare piece. Developed by Brigadier General Charles Henry Tompkins very late in...
  2. RushesLancer

    Discussion What do you know about the INVALID CORPS???

    I'm curious what YOU know OR would like to know about the Invalid Corps! Without a Google search, what do you think you know about the corps: its start, its use during the war, the men, their locations, their duties, their events during the war, their discharge, and so on. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE...
  3. Cody C. Engdahl

    What was wrong with Beauregard's throat?

    I've seen it referenced in several sources that he was not well during the first part of 1862. He even referenced it in his Shiloh report. So what was it? What was wrong with him?
  4. USS ALASKA

    Wind Of Ball Theory, Could A Near Miss Of A Cannonball Kill You?

    Schlieren photograph of a sphere moving through the air https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d4/2f/83/d42f8308c8149fe2b79eb666b3a651de.jpg Wind Of Ball Theory, Could A Near Miss Of A Cannonball Kill You? Posted March 12, 2019 by Doug E The small window of time mentioned above refers not to the tall...
  5. Belle Montgomery

    6 great inventions from the Civil War

    The massive number of casualties and injuries created during these battles necessitated some quick, creative ideas... some of which we still have today. The war resulted in more than 600,000 deaths. About 500,000 were wounded. The war...
  6. lelliott19

    A Manual of Military Surgery for the use of Surgeons in the Confederate States Army

    A manual of military surgery, for the use of surgeons in the Confederate States army; with explanatory plates of all useful operations by Julian John Chisholm 1864 edition. “In putting forth this Manual of Military Surgery for the use of Surgeons in the Confederate service, I have been led by...
  7. Belle Montgomery

    RI Hospital has surprising link to Civil War

    Though Rhode Island was not a theater for any Civil War battles, a war hospital existed in Portsmouth to aid both Union and Confederate soldiers. PORTSMOUTH — Though Rhode Island was not a theater for any Civil War battles, a war hospital existed in Portsmouth to aid both Union and Confederate...
  8. lelliott19

    GRAPHIC Barton's Fracture

    Private William M Dean, born November 15, 1838, suffered a "Barton's fracture" of his right arm. John Rhea Barton, an American surgeon, first described this type of fracture in 1838. A Barton's fracture is usually the result of a fall on an extended and pronated wrist. Although the specific...
  9. CharlotteEMcKay

    New interested in Civil War medical history.

    Hi my name is Annie and I reenact/ living history in the PA MD VA area. I'm thrilled I stumbled across this forum and I've been amazed at people's Communications and knowledge. I have posted two questions in the general form area. I look forward to meeting you. I'm hoping to gain Direction on...
  10. SWMODave

    Robert S Rea - killed by a non-penetrating bullet

    Courtesy findagrave While researching my grX2 uncle, who showed as killed at Chickamauga, I found the following in "The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1861-65) page 120 Rea, Robert S, Private, Co F, 31st Ohio Volunteers, aged 22 years, received at the Battle of...
  11. SWMODave

    Gettysburg Aftermath - A Medical Crisis

    Photo courtesy Pinterest Caution - historically valuable but difficult at times to read. John Y Foster, from the Ascension Church of Philadelphia, PA, writes of his experience after arriving at the Gettysburg battlefield on July 10th with a group of young men, and donating medical supplies...
  12. lelliott19

    Bleeding & Blistering - "Treatment" for pneumonia

    Letter from Martin S. Corbitt (Pvt, Co G, 50th Georgia) writing home about his brother William Brinkley Corbitt (Sgt. Co G, 50th Georgia) who was ill in camp near Fredericksburg: April 5, 1863 Dear people I have bad news to write you. Wm. B. is very sick. He was taken with the pluracy and...
  13. lelliott19

    Successful Treatment GSW Without Amputation

    Although we usually hear about "all the amputations" that were performed during the Civil War, there were also many cases of successful treatment without amputation. Private Philip Sweeney of the 3rd New York Infantry is one such case. From the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the...
  14. allenhs

    Minie Ball Wounds

    Hello! I'm working on a novel set during the War, and I have a question about wounds inflicted by minie balls. I know that if a ball struck the bone of a limb, the bone usually shattered and the limb would be amputated. But what sort of wounds would a minie ball cause in soft tissue, say...
  15. lelliott19

    6th NY Cavalry - Kicked by a Horse & Killed by a Train

    Image from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, published March 14, 1863. Private Joseph Osbourne Bivins of Company B, 6th New York Cavalry age 32, served as a farrier, shoeing the horses of the regiment. On June 19, 1863, while shoeing a horse, he was kicked in the face by the horse. (I...
  16. NurseErin

    Looking For Some Help...

    I'm working on a nurse impression and I'm hoping to find another person on here that is familiar with nurse impressions and is willing to critique my current wardrobe and to run questions by as I continue to develope my impression. Also above is a picture of some of the members of my battery...
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