This list of resources covers Kristen’s recommendations for primary and secondary sources, photographs, and much more.
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of resources pertaining to Civil War medicine. If you have a suggested source for us to add to this page or if a link is broken, please visit the Contact page above.
Online Resources: Websites, Blogs, Online Exhibits, Photographic Galleries
- 19th Century American Medicine Image Gallery, Otis Historical Archives of the National Museum of Health and Medicine
- Civil War Medicine Articles, American Civil War Medical & Surgical Antiques
- Civil War Medicine in the Trans-Mississippi Theater, Community & Conflict: The Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks
- Blog A Repository for Bottled Monsters from the National Museum of Health and Medicine
- Blog, Civil War Medicine (and Writing)
- Blog, Civil War Rx
- Blog, Emerging Civil War
- Blog, National Museum of Civil War Medicine
- Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits: Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War Philadelphia, The Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
- Civil War Medicine Overview, Civil War Trust
- Footnotes Infographics, Mercy Street PBS
- Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War Exhibit, US National Library of Medicine
- Mercy Street Revealed Blog, Mercy Street PBS
- Photographs of Civil War Medicine and Hospitals, Civil War Photos
Videos & Documentaries
- “A Civil War Surgeon’s Kit,” Discerning History, via YouTube
- “A Limb for a Life by George Wunderlich,” American Public University, via YouTube
- “Amputations and Artificial Limbs in the Civil War,” Museum of the Confederacy (MoC1896), via YouTube
- “Care of the Wounded – Ranger Karlton Smith,” Gettysburg National Military Park (GettysburgNPS), via YouTube
- Channel, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, via YouTube
- “North-South Medicine Compared by George Wunderlich,” American Public University, via YouTube
- “The Civil War: Battlefield Medicine at Gettysburg,” C-SPAN, via YouTube
- “The Civil War in Four Minutes: Civil War Medicine,” Civil War Trust, via YouTube
- “The Journey of the Wounded from Cemetery Ridge to the Spangler Farm,” Gettysburg National Military Park (GettysburgNPS), via YouTube
Secondary Source Reading Materials: Books
- Adams, George Worthington. Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1980.
- Bollet, Alfred Jay. Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Triumphs. Tuscon, AZ: Galen Press, 2002.
- Cunningham, HH. Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1993.
- Dammon, Gordon. Images of Civil War Medicine: A Photographic History. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, 2008.
- Devine, Shauna. Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
- Downs, Jim. Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
- Flannery, Michael & Margaret Humphreys. Civil War Pharmacy: A History. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017.
- Freemon, Frank. Gangrene and Glory: Medical Care During the American Civil War. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2001.
- Hasegawa, Guy. Mending Broken Soldiers: The Union and Confederate Programs to Supply Artificial Limbs. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012.
- Humphreys, Margaret. Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
- McGaugh, Scott. Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2013.
- Miller, Brian Craig. Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2015.
- Oates, Stephen B. Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War. New York: The Free Press, 1994.
- Rutkow, Ira. Bleeding Blue and Gray: Civil War Surgery and the Evolution of American Medicine. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2015.
- Schultz, Jane. Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
- Toler, Pamela D. Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2016.
- Wegner, Ansley. Phantom Pain: North Carolina’s Artificial-Limbs Program for Confederate Veterans. Raleigh: North Carolina Office of Archives and History, 2004.
- Wilbur, C. Keith. Civil War Medicine. Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1998.
Primary Source Reading Materials: Books, Websites
- Alcott, Louisa May. Civil War Hospital Sketches. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2006.
- Cummings, Kate. Kate: The Journal of a Confederate Nurse. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998.
- Greiner, James, ed. A Surgeon’s Civil War: The Letters and Diary of Daniel M. Holt, MD. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1995.
- Hambrecht, F. Terry. Caleb Dorsey Baer: Frederick, Maryland’s Confederate Surgeon. Frederick, MD: The National Museum of Civil War Medicine Press, 2013.
- Hancock, Cornelia. Letters of a Civil War Nurse: Cornelia Hancock, 1863-1865. Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 1998.
- Koonce, Donald, ed. Doctor to the Front: Confederate Surgeon Thomas Fanning Wood. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2000.
- Loperfido, Christopher, ed. Death and Disease in the Civil War: A Union Surgeon’s Correspondence from Harpers Ferry to Richmond. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2017.
- Moore, Benita, ed. A Civil War Diary: Written By Dr. James A. Black, First Assistant Surgeon, 49th Illinois Infantry. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2008.
- Parsons, Emily Elizabeth. Fearless Purpose: A Blind Nurse in the Civil War. Independent Publisher, 2016.
- Pitcock, Cynthia D. I Acted from Principle: The Civil War Diary of Dr. William M. McPheeters, Confederate Surgeon in the Trans-Mississippi. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000.
- Robertson, Thomas Heard. Resisting Sherman: A Confederate Surgeon’s Journal and the Civil War in the Carolinas, 1865. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2015.
- Ropes, Hannah. Civil War Nurse: The Diary and Letters of Hannah Ropes. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1993.
- Schwartz, Gerald, ed. A Woman Doctor’s Civil War: Esther Hill Hawks’ Diary. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1989.