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How Medical Triage Went Mainstream During the Civil War

Field hospitals were where most Union wounded were treated for the first time. Doctors here often had to choose whom to care for at the expense of others. (North Wind Picture Archives/Alamy Stock Photo) I found this article from America’ Civil War magazine. “The term ‘triage’ is derived from the French word ‘trier,’ meaning ‘to […]

Fighting the Enemy Was a Civil War Hazard. So Was Manufacturing Weapons.

Chaos reigns at the site of Samuel Jackson’s cartridge factory on Tenth Street in Philadelphia. The March 1862 explosion killed 18 people and maimed dozens more. (“Explosion and burning of the cartridge factory, cor. Tenth and Read [sic], March 2[9]th 1862.” [Bb 83 C 328], Historical Society of Pennsylvania) We now have this article by […]


I found this article by Professor Ethan Rafuse about the US Telegraph Corps. “By 1850, some 20 companies were operating about 12,000 miles of telegraph lines in the United States, and it was soon clear that the telegraph would have a profound effect on all aspects of human activity—not least the conduct of war. In […]

America’s Buried History

Here’s author Ken Rutherford discussing the use of land mines in the Civil War. He’s obviously done a great deal of research on land mines and their use in the Civil War, but his background knowledge of the war itself seems to be a bit lacking. That, however, doesn’t detract from what we can learn […]

Civil War Institute Day Five

The fifth and final day of this year’s 2022 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College began with the half-day Gettysburg battlefield tours. I took the tour with Professor Peter Carmichael following the 18th Virginia of Richard B. Garnett’s brigade during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge. After following the 18th Virginia’s path to the Angle, we went to […]

Civil War Resources – Clothing and Ammunition

Professor Paul Quigley brings together Professor Kurt Luther, Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall, Sarah Weicksel, and Dana Shoaf in this discussion of uniforms and weapons in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Civil War scholars talked about changes in technology during the Civil War including the mass production of uniforms, guns and ammunition. This event was hosted by […]

Moving Mountains: A Study in Civil War Logistics

This book by Jonathan K. Rice seeks to unveil what it took to supply a Civil War army with what it needed to fight and to tells us how it all worked. In embarking on this journey, Rice has decided to metaphorically climb an extremely high mountain. It takes a great deal of detective work […]

Virginia at War 1864

This is another in the “Virginia at War” series edited by Professor James I. Robertson Jr. and William C Davis, brought to us by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the University of Kentucky Press. Like the others in the series, this penultimate volume is a collection of essays representing what was the […]

Civil War Supply and Strategy

Professor Earl Hess is a publishing machine. It seems like he puts out a book every month with no sacrifice of quality. This book is no exception. It’s packed with great information and insight. He starts by talking about Major General William T. Sherman. “Imagine the greatly enlarged difficulties encountered when feeding an army group […]

Civil War Soldiers’ Nutrition and Hygiene

Here’s a decent discussion on nutrition and hygiene among Civil War soldiers between Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and John Heckman, aka “The Tattooed Historian.” The video’s description reads, “The National Museum of Civil War Medicine hosted an online discussion with John Heckman, known as ‘The Tattooed Historian,’ about Civil War soldiers’ nutrition and […]