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Field and Hospital Care
Disease was the chief killer in the war - claiming two soldiers for every one killed in battle. Hospitals were so unsanitary that one Union soldier lamented: "If a fellow has [to go to the] Hospital, you might as well say goodbye."

Savage Station, Va. Field hospital

Savage Station, Va. Field hospital after the battle of June 27
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 June 30
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0491


Washington, D.C. Hospital tents

Washington, D.C. Hospital tents in rear of Douglas Hospital
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, the hospitals.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 May
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7924


City Point, Va. Tents of the general hospital

City Point, Va. Tents of the general hospital
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 October
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7134


Doctors examining a Federal prisoner

Doctors examining a Federal prisoner returned from prison
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Photographed between 1861 and 1865, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-7961


Unknown location. Zouave ambulance crew

Unknown location. Zouave ambulance crew demonstrating removal of wounded soldiers from the field; another view
Photographs of artillery, place and date unknown.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7636


Unknown location. Zouave ambulance crew

Unknown location. Zouave ambulance crew demonstrating removal of wounded soldiers from the field
Photographs of artillery, place and date unknown.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: Between 1860 and 1865
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7285


Culpeper, Va. Surgeons of the 2d Division

Culpeper, Va. Surgeons of the 2d Division, 3d Corps
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1863 September
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7378


Keedysville, Md., vicinity.

Keedysville, Md., vicinity. Confederate wounded at Smith's Barn, with Dr. Anson Hurd, 14th Indiana Volunteers, in attendance
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of Antietam, September-October 1862. Photograph of Confederate wounded after the Battle of Antietam, Dr. A. Hurd, 14th Indiana Infantry in attendance.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1862 September
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0588


Washington, D.C. Patients in Ward K

Washington, D.C. Patients in Ward K of Armory Square Hospital
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, the hospitals.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1865 August
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7822


Broadway Landing, Va. Surgeons of 4th Division

Broadway Landing, Va. Surgeons of 4th Division, 9th Corps
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 July
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7046


Fredericksburg, Va. Nurses and officers

Fredericksburg, Va. Nurses and officers of the U.S. Sanitary Commission
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Grant's Wilderness Campaign, May-June 1864. Photograph includes women.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 May
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-0741


Wounded soldiers from the battles

Wounded soldiers from the battles in the "Wilderness" at Fredericksburg, Va., May, 1864
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864, printed later
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-4582, LC-B8184-740


Washington, D.C. General view of Harewood Hospital

Washington, D.C. General view of Harewood Hospital, on farm of W. W. Corcoran, 7th Street Road near Soldiers' Home
Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, the hospitals.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1864 April
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-B8171-7825


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