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Said to be an army hospital nurse, this post mortem (death portrait) photograph shows a young woman holding a book, possibly a small bible or testament. The revenue stamp on the back dates this image to 1864. Annapolis was the site of one of the largest Union Army Hospitals during the Civil War and at least 5 female nurses died of diseases caught while tending patients there. Three of them died in late 1863 and two died in early 1865. The 1864 stamp on this image places it between those two…

This is a portrait of Clara Barton. She was an American teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. During the Civil War, Clara brought comfort to countless injured soldiers and prisoners. She was recognized by many Union Generals, and Abraham Lincoln for her selfless service during the war. It was on this day, May 21, in the year 1881 that Clara formed the American Red Cross.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) The first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain. She founded a hospital for poor women and children in London.

Today we feature a photograph of Old Glory from the Civil War. A soldier from the 37th Pennsylvania Infantry is shown in uniform holding the flag. The photograph was taken in 1864. On this 4th of July we say "Thank You" to all the men and women in the armed forces, working to protect our freedom, and provide for our safety.

Civil War medicine is intriguing. From the old books depicting how to amputate a limb to the photographs of the rusty saws and scalpels they used on the unfortunate patients, it truly is a thing of nightmares. I can only imagine how it must have been for the soldiers.

Private Cathay Williams was the only woman to serve in the US Army as a Buffalo Soldier. On November 15, 1866 she enlisted in the Army as a man. Williams reversed her name William Cathay and lived as a male soldier and served until she was found out due to the last of many illnesses she suffered while a serving. She is the only documented black woman known to have served in the Army during these times when enlisting women was prohibited

"James Dinkins...was sent by his parents to Charlotte, North Carolina Military Institute. He reached there very near his fifteenth birthday. He entered the Confederate Army when he was barely sixteen years of age, was in the first battle of the war and almost the last....He died July 19, 1939, 94 years old." Served in the 18th Mississippi Infantry and the 18th Mississippi Cavalry. One of the few veterans recorded giving a Rebel yell: http://youtu.be/s6jSqt39vFM

Awakening from Keto-acidosis: The scientists went to a hospital ward with diabetic children, comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. This is known as one of medicine's most incredible moments. The scientists went from bed-to-bed and injected the children with the purified extract - insulin. As they injected the last comatose child, the first child injected began to awaken. One by one, all the children awoke from their diabetic comas. A room of death became a place of joy and hope.

Confederate Brigadier General John Herbert Kelly, the youngest Confederate general to die during the war, died September 4th 1864 at the age of 24.

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Rest in Peace all that died fighting for our country. Willing or not.

"The corpse of a woman lies in an open coffin at the Hadamar Institute where she was put to death as part of the Operation T4 euthanasia program."

September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland - the Union soldiers were buried after the battle, the Confederate soldiers unburied, left on the ground where they fell. Antietam is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 22,717 dead, wounded, and missing on both sides combined.