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        Civil War Field Hospitals | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Explore images taken from Civil War era field 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 hundreds if not thousands of injured, sick, and maimed. Near battlefields, homes, churches, and any viable structure 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 Army Hospital, 1864 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Soldiers rest at Harewood Army Hospital in Washington.

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        Tents Of The General Hospital At City Point, Va | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of tents of the general hospital in City Point, Va.

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        Two Standing Northern Soldiers, 1861-1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        To arm, feed, clothe, supply, and transport hundreds of thousands of northern soldiers like these demanded energy, ingenuity, and organization. Source: The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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        Men Resting In Fort Sedgwick, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Fort Sedgwick, designed by Major Washington Roebling, was just one small section of the maze of the Petersburg trenches, in which Union men whould spend 10 miserable months. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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        Patients In Ward K Of Armory Square Hospital | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph of patients in Ward K of Armory Square Hospital in Washington, DC.

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        Harewood Hospital | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        General view of Harewood Hospital in Washington, DC.

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        Field Hospital | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Field hospital after a battle. Savage Station, Va, 1862.

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

        Photograph of surgeons of the 4th Division, 9th Corps, in Broadway Landing, Va. The Siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.

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        Hospital Tents In Rear of Douglas Hospital | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of hospital tents in the rear of Douglas Hospital, Washington, DC, 1862-1865.

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        Wounded Soldiers | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of wounded soldiers from the battles in the "Wilderness" at Fredericksburg, Va., May, 1864.

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        Home Lodge For Invalid Soldiers | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Buildings of the US Sanitary and Christian Commission's Home Lodge for Invalid Soldiers in Washington DC.

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        Hospital For Federal Officers | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of a hospital for federal officers in Nashville, Tennessee. This photograph was taken when Confederate General John B. Hood brought his reduced army before the defenses of Nashville, where it was overthrown by Union General George H. Thomas on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date on the photograph is correct, it was taken in the course of the battle.

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

        The Philadelphia Sanitary, the interior of which is shown here, raised more than $1 million for the welfare of the Union troops.

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        Cooks In The Kitchen Of Soliders' Rest | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph of cooks in the kitchen of Soldiers' Rest in Alexandria, Va, 1862-1865.

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        The U.S. Sanitary Commission | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Nurses and officers of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in Fredericksburg, Va, pose for a picture, May-June, 1864.

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        Embalming Surgeon, 1860-65 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Itinerant embalmers followed the armies, advertising their services to those who wished to have their dead brought home for permanent burial. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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        Photograph Of A Washington, DC, Hospital, 1862-1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A photograph of the Washington, DC, Chapel and other buildings of Armory Square Hospital, 6th and B streets SW (Independence Avenue). The completed US Capitol is visible in the distance.

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        Savage's Station Field Hospital, 1862 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        These men were wounded at Savage's Station in 1862. Some of those who died were buried within a few yards of their wounded comrades. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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