Sunday, December 21, 2008

Civil War Ambulance

This picture was taken in 1863 near City Point, Virginia. The picture shows a wagon train of Civil War Ambulances. Battlefield medicine was still in its infancy at this time, and getting injured in combat usually meant dying of infection.

2 comments:

  1. From what have read, I gather these type of wagons and medical attention shown in the photo were for the lower class solders, however the higher officers had their own Private Doctors and medical care. a high percentage of the Deaths of the civil war WERE due to medical assistance..
    nanny

    ReplyDelete
  2. Interestingly, medicine evolved faster during the war than it had in the 200 years prior to the war. With the advent of better science we did away with laudible pus, ick!

    ReplyDelete