The day after Seven Pines, Gen. Robert E. Lee was given command of the Confederate army and launched a weeklong series of attacks known as the Seven days' Battles -- one of which raged here, at Savage's Station. Most of the wounded men in this image were captured the next day.
Anesthesia played an important role in the American Civil War. Despite popular conceptions of wartime medicine as bloody butchery with only whiskey to kill the pain, records show that more than 108,000 Civil War surgical procedures on both sides of the conflict were performed by surgeons using anesthesia, mainly chloroform.
Clara Barton. Like me, she was only 5 feet tall and had a birthday in December! She forced her way onto Civil War battlefields to nurse wounded soldiers (Army brass didn't want a woman on their sacred ground--even if she brought desperately needed food, medicine, and supplies). She went on to found the American Red Cross, and served as its president for 25 years.
The Library of Congress has no photographs or drawings listed for Rock Island (IL) Prison, and none for Confederate POW prisons. Andersonville and other prisons in the South abound. Six thousand Confederates died from mistreatment - starvation and exposure - at Camp Douglas. Here are some of the men held there.
Life and death in the name of honor: the samurai The Japanese Samurai were undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters in modern history. Their caste, that of warriors, was one of two classes of ' Japanese aristocracy . Their name is considered as deriving from the verb " saburau " which literally means "one who serves " . Another term by which the samurai were defined was bushi, from " bu "which means martial and" shi ", the union of the lower horizontal section showing the number 1 and the…