"Life and Limb": The Toll of the American Civil War


This traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine examines the annals of American Civil War medical history, exploring the accounts of surgeons, physicians and nurses. It delves into the valor and harsh realities of battlefield medical procedures. More than three million soldiers fought from 1861 to 1865, with over half a million casualties and nearly as many wounded survivors. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which often saved lives by sacrificing limbs. Narratives surrounding the experiences of these afflicted soldiers during the war and beyond remain relatively obscure. Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War focuses on these disabled veterans and presents them as symbolic figures representing a nation fractured by war. Learn more and view resources at the NLM website.

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