Tag Archives: American Civil War

A four story brick building with a covered porch on a wide dirt road and a wooden stockade fence to one side. January 26

Behind the Scenes on Mercy Street

Circulating Now readers recently learned about a unique register of patients from Mansion House Hospital dating from the 1860s and 1870s, which NLM holds in its collections alongside many other materials from that era, and about our exhibitions that helped to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Today, we feature an interview with […]

Enlarged view of patient record page with Mansion House Hospital heading. January 19

Mercy Street’s Mansion House Hospital

By Stephen J. Greenberg Mercy Street, the popular PBS series now entering its second season, tells the complicated story of a U.S. Army hospital during the American Civil War.  The story is told from many points of view: doctors, nurses, soldiers, patients, including such usually under-represented groups as escaped slaves (“contraband,” as they were called) […]

A color halftone printed postcard showing two small figures and a sweeping landscape of mountains, lakes and evergreen forest. August 25

America’s National Parks: Preserved for Public Health

By Anne Rothfeld The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial on August 25, 2016.  From Maine to Hawaii, the breadth of NPS includes parks, seashores, monuments, Indian reservations, and historic sites.  America’s parks are filled with an abundance of natural wonders: glaciers and rivers, flora and fauna, animals and insects, canyons and sand dunes, […]

A gold embossed leather cover with brass clasps titled Photographs. May 27

Memories of the Civil War

By Stephen J. Greenberg Although the American Civil War was not the first armed conflict to be extensively photographed (that dubious distinction belongs to the Crimean War of 1853–1856, where Great Britain and France fought with Russia over control of the Black Sea and access to the Eastern Mediterranean), the conflict between North and South […]

Photograph of the facade of the NMHM, a modern looking buidling. September 03

Field Trip: Visiting our Sister (Institution)

By Kenneth M. Koyle and Jeffrey S. Reznick Over the summer, staff of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) took a little time out for a field trip to visit our institutional relative in Silver Spring, Maryland: the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) and our colleagues who work there. The NMHM and the […]

A detail of a sketch of people transporting and caring for wounded people outdoors; covered wagons stand in the background. July 15

The Anatomy Acts and the Social Contract

Dr. Dale Smith spoke today at the National Library of Medicine on “Anatomy Acts and the Shaping of the American Medical Profession’s Social Contract.” Dr. Smith is a Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Department of Military and Emergency Medicine. Circulating Now interviewed him about his work. Circulating Now: Tell us […]

Alexander T. Augusta in Uniform. April 04

A Civil War Surgeon’s Books Rediscovered

By Jill L. Newmark “…the sight of his uniform stirred the faintest heart to faith in the new destiny of the race, for Dr. Augusta wore the oak leaves of a major on his shoulders.” On the eve of the anniversary celebration of the signing of the D.C. Emancipation Act, April 16, 1863, the crowd […]