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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Civil War Encampment


The 17th Corps Field Hospital is in town:

“When we cut off a hand with a saw, you hear something that sounds like we’re going through the bone,” said Trevor Steinbach, president of the 17th Corps Field Hospital.

From the other side of the square:



It's a beautiful night for some surgery.

Posted by Marie at June 11, 2011 10:45 PM


Right out of Gone With The Wind. Love the photos, Marie, especially the first one. Pass on the surgery, though.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at June 12, 2011 7:27 PM

Thank you, Rob.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at June 12, 2011 8:59 PM

Cool pics, but did you go and see a demonstration? I saw lots of pics of Civil War dead, even as a child, but nothing got to me like the stories about the surgeon's saw of those days.

Posted by: Dave E. Author Profile Page at June 14, 2011 10:03 PM

It was too late by the time I drove by, so I missed the demonstrations. I cringe whenever I read or hear medical stories from olden times, especially surgery. But, it does make me wonder how primitive our medical stories will be perceived 100 or more years from now.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at June 14, 2011 10:08 PM

Even if they had crude anesthesia, the sanitary conditions alone back then were horrifying.

I have complete faith that how we live today will be thought of as somewhat primitive 100 years in more ways than just medicine.

Posted by: Dave E. Author Profile Page at June 15, 2011 12:03 AM

Speaking of primitive, the advances in knee surgery and back surgery just in our lifetimes is quite amazing. I might have benefited from knee surgery when I was a kid but that type of surgery then was barbaric.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at June 20, 2011 11:54 AM

Walt Whitman spent a lot of time in Civil War hospitals. He captures the experience well in "The Wound-Dresser." Here: http://www.bartleby.com/42/818.html

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at June 28, 2011 1:18 PM

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