Saturday, April 30, 2011

Medicine in the Civil War, Olive Karlsen, Lisa Grimm, Karen's Office.

          This is a photo of a wounded soldier fighting in the civil war. There were so many wounded or killed soldiers during the war that basic necessities such as underwear, or other clothing was often inaccessible. The men had to be squished together uncomfortably. This also allowed for diseases to spread like wildfire in the small and soiled tents that served as hospitals.

              This is a photograph of Clara Barton. She was a brave nurse who was famous for working so close to the battles that once a bullet went through her dress sleeve and killed the man that she was tending to. Clara Barton was also quite an example and inspiration to many women who joined as nurses in the war. She was often referenced to during the suffrage movement as a figurehead of how women had to sacrifice and fight with the nation toward the perfect union. 

            Here is a photo of one of the more advanced and fancier infirmaries. The bedspreads are large and the beds are more spacious and comfortable than many of the makeshift hospitals during the war. Although it may seem that battlefield injuries were the main cause of casualties during the war, it was not the case. Out of every one man who died on the field, two died of disease.

             This is a photograph of a confederate infirmary. All together 194,000 Confederates were wounded, and 260,000 were killed or died. 281,881 Union were wounded, and 364,511 Union were killed or died. Up until the Vietnam war, there were more casualties all together than all of the other American wars combined. The total number of casualties was 624,511.

        This is an old newspaper advertisement for women to join the Red Cross to help support the troops. During the Civil War, the Red Cross really started going and became a huge part of our nations history from then on.

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