Even though the events that gave Gettysburg its fame occurred 158 years ago, the loss remains poignant and the message of sacrifice and liberty still heard.
While the battle raged on around them, many of the women living in Gettysburg in 1863 left their cellars and found ways to courageously serve humanity.
Records are imperfect, and most Confederate records destroyed, it is estimated that 44,500 Union soldiers died of either diarrhea or dysentery.
What is the likelihood that two brothers would be forced to undergo amputation of their left legs in the same spot just a few weeks apart from one another?
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the infamous college professor turned war hero, helped advance catheterization methods after he was wounded at Petersburg in 1864.
Mary Edwards Walker, a progressive woman from New York, managed to kick down barriers throughout her lifetime, and she did so wearing bloomer suits.
No one was prepared for the kind of chaos that the war would bring. Medical professionals everywhere were quickly overwhelmed.
(C. 1860 pre-mortem photo of young girl with suspected case of TB. Photo Credit: Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem & Morning Photography.) Tuberculosis makes me think of daguerreotype funeral photos from the mid-1800’s. My personal lack of exposure to the disease has allowed me to become distanced; storing it’s horrors in the archives of…Read more »
Consumption, the white plague, “TB,” and lung fever are all nicknames for Tuberculosis; an often deadly infectious bacterial disease (Parker 155). It was not until 1882 that Robert Koch was able to identify the microbe that caused TB; Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Parker 155). Tuberculosis most often affects the lungs of a patient because the organism requires…Read more »