Beginning in June 2017, the “Under the Microscope” series looks deeper into the details of Civil War medicine-related images. Click here to view all other posts in this series.
Just days after the May 1863 battles of Chancellorsville and second Fredericksburg, one of the Army of Northern Virginia’s greatest victories, this photograph depicts wounded soldiers at a hospital in nearby Fredericksburg, Virginia. It is believed that all of these wounded troops in the foreground and background are Federal, as Fredericksburg was Union-occupied at that time until the start of the Gettysburg Campaign just months after. Although the photographer and his subjects are unknown, the details shown in the image can reveal a plethora of information about medical care and field hospitals during the Civil War era. Below, you will find close-ups and captions from this particular image.