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    Elizabeth Thorn | Her obituaries say merely that she witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg. ... They did not report how she did her duty in the aftermath of the battle. Working almost entirely without help, in the heat and storms of that July, among the rotting corpses of men and horses, she dug graves in the rocky soil and buried over one hundred soldiers.

    Washington, D.C., May 24, 1865. The Grand Review of the Army. Units of XX Army Corps, Army of Georgia, passing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Treasury. Wet plate negative by Mathew Brady.

    "Private Jacob Dilley had his forearm removed after fighting in the Battle of Weldon Railroad, Virginia. The surgeons did a heroic job in abominable circumstances with what little in the way of tools and knowledge they had at their disposal. Many of the operators had to learn on the job. Out of 11,000 Northern physicians, for example, only 500 had done surgery; in the Confederacy, just 27 out of 3,000."

    Civil War amputations

    Sergeant Andrew Jackson Smith: "Private, Res. Taunton; 21; blacksmith; enlisted Sept. 15, 1862; must. Sept. 23, 1862; must. out Aug. 28 on or about Sept. 25, 1863." Image from State Library's collection.

    NY Public Libraries flickr: Civil War vet with prosthetic leg.


    Petersburg, Virginia. Dead Confederate soldier

    Brazer Wilsey, Sergeant, Company D, 4th NY Vols., Aged 30. Accidental Gunshot Wound Of Scalp Over Frontal Bone, Denuding Bone Of Periosteum. Hand-drawn bullet path by R. B. Bontecou.

    Confederate soldiers thought to be of the 20th Tennessee Infantry taken at Rock Island prison sometime during the winter of 1863-1864

    Company I of the 7th Wisconsin taken in 1862 in Virginia. The 7th was part of the famous "Iron Brigade," or as the Confederates called them "That damn Black Hat Brigade" in reference to the black Hardee hats that they wore.

    Confederate Soldiers on the march through enemy occupied Frederick, Maryland in 1862. This is a very rare image.

    African American Civil War nurses

    Union Private John Jefferson Williams was killed May 13th 1865; he is thought to be last soldier killed in the Civil War. (Hair inspiration for Civil War Days)

    Mary Edwards Walker in her later years, 1911. She received the Medal of Honor for her work as a surgeon during the US Civil War, the only woman to ever get one. In 1917 the Army tightened up the rules for what you had to do/be to get the MoH...and deleted 911 names from the Medal of Honor Roll, including hers. She kept her medal and wore it till her death. Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously.

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    Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland

    Out of the approx. 750,000 soldiers that fought for the South, these were the last three surviving Confederate Civil War veterans. Photo taken in 1951

    July 1863. "Gettysburg, Pa. Three captured Confederate soldiers, likely from Louisiana, pose for Mathew Brady on Seminary Ridge following the Battle of Gettysburg." Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair.

    Civil War, [portrait of a gentleman after amputation] via Flesh World, “Masterpieces of Medical Photography”

    1860 "Honest Abe" Presidential Campaign silk political ribbon. They certainly had it right: "The Hope of Our Country". s

    Sylvester Magee - reported to be the Last Union Veteran died on 21 October 1971 in Marion County, Mississippi at the age of 130 (born 29 May 1841). He was present at the fall of Vicksburg and pressed into service in the Union Army.

    Civil War Atlanta

    Blood stains on the chair from Ford's Theatre State Box which Lincoln was sitting in while assassinated by the scoundrel, J. Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.

    Atlanta, Georgia. Sherman's men destroying railroad