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        Civil War Hospitals | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Explore images taken from Civil War era hospitals. The sheer number of wounded and ill soldiers tested the medical community during the Civil War and challenged doctors and nurses to find ways to treat the thousands of injured, sick, and maimed. Homes, churches, and any viable structure near battlefields would be converted into field hospitals. Many soldiers died of diseases during the war, such as dysentery, pneumonia, typhoid and more. Hospitals began to assess and separate the injured into categories, from mortally wounded to treatable and needing surgery. This form of triage is still used today.

        Harewood Hospital, Washington, DC | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        View of Harewood Hospital, on the farm of W.W. Corcoran, 7th Street Road near Soldiers' Home, Washington, DC, April 1864. Photo credit: Alexander Gardner (1821-1882). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Harewood Army Hospital, Interior | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Patients in ward of Harewood Hospital, Washington, DC; mosquito nets over beds, 1864. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Tents of the General Hospital, City Point, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Tents of the Union general hospital at City Point [near Petersburg], Virginia, October 1864. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Patients in Ward K of Armory Square Hospital | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Patients in Ward K, Armory Square Hospital, Washington, DC, August 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Field Hospital | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Savage Station, Virginia field hospital after the June 27th battle; photograph taken June 30, 1862. Photo credit: James Gibson (1828-?). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Surgeons of the 4th Division, 9th Corps | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Surgeons of the 4th Division, 9th Corps, Broadway Landing, Virginia, during the Siege of Petersburg, July 1864. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Hospital Tents at Camp Carver, Washington, DC | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Hospital tents at Camp Carver, with Columbian College building in background, Washington, DC, May 1864. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Wounded Union Soldiers | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Maj. General Kearney's men wounded at Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 20, 1864. The Woman seated in the doorway is volunteer nurse Abby Gibbons, of New York City. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Home Lodge for Invalid Soldiers, Washington, DC | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Buildings of the Sanitary Commission Home Lodge for Invalid Soldiers, North Capitol near C Street, Washington, DC, April 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Hospital for Federal Officers, Nashville, TN | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Hospital for Federal officers, in a building of the University of Nashville, Tennessee, 1864. [Photo may have been taken during the Battle of Nashville, when Union Gen. George Thomas defeated Gen. John Bell Hood.] Photo: George N. Barnard (1819-1902). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photo. Div

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        Philadelphia Sanitary Fair, 1864 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        The Great Central Fair [Sanitary Fair], Philadelphia, 1864. Photograph shows banners and flags draped over the exhibits along "Union Avenue" at the fair sponsored by the United States Sanitary Commission. Photo credit: Robert Newell (1822-1897). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div.

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        Cooks in the Kitchen of Soliders' Rest | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Cooks in the kitchen of Soldiers' Rest, Alexandria, Virginia, July 1865. [Located near the Orange and Alexandria Rail Road Depot, it was originally a "Rest" for men in trains, and was later diverted to use as a hospital.] Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        The US Sanitary Commission | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Nurses and officers of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 20, 1864.[Volunteer nurse Abby Hopper Gibbons of NYC, center; her daughter Sarah Hopper Emerson Gibbons, seated at left; Mrs. General Barlow, standing far left.] Photo: James Gardner. Source: Library of Congress.

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        Embalming Surgeon | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Embalming surgeon at work on soldier's body, ca. 1861-1865. Itinerant embalmers, mostly doctors, traveled to battlefields and used arterial embalming to preserve bodies for shipment home. [Daily Life in Civil War America, p. 291.] Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Armory Square Hospital, Washington, DC | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Chapel and other buildings of Armory Square Hospital, 6th and B streets SW [Independence Avenue], Washington, DC, August 1865. The completed US Capitol is visible in the distance. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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