Friday, April 20, 2012

Civil War Weekend # 7


 The train rolled into the station and the soldiers filed off


 Some were carried.


The 2n Florida Volunteer Infantry Field Hospital was set up and waiting for the wounded.

 Many doctors who saw service in the Civil War had never been to medical school, but had served an apprenticeship in the office of an established practitioner.



Eighty percent of all wounds during the Civil War were in the extremities. Civil War Facts



In the battle of Gettysburg, 1,100 ambulances were in use. The medical director of the Union army boasted that all the wounded were picked up from the field within 12 hours after the battle was over. This was a far cry from the second battle of Bull Run, when many of the wounded were left on the field in the rain, heat, and sun for three or four days.  Civil War Facts





Above is the surgeon and the nurse with the whiskey bottle ready. the nurse was working on a soldier on the ground, the surgeon tapped her on the shoulder, she said I am busy, he tapped again, she turned the Doctor said "It's your son" and the soldier fell into her arms.  (these guys were talented actors)


Enlarge the photo above and you can see the dead man under the blanket peaking out and smiling at me.

 Above is cropped and edited edition of below photo and was used to create the header.


Tomorrow " Period Costumes".........

28 comments:

Ginny said...

Yikes!!! A little too realistic, maybe! Did any of the customers get a case of the vapors? I can't wait till the costumes, it may be the best yet...

SquirrelQueen said...

The nurse with the whiskey bottle had a very important job. Who would want to go under the surgeon's knife without a visit from her first. Yikes!

I'm looking forward to the period costumes too.

Eva Ason said...

Another set of interesting photos, they look so for real...I mean the people and the way you have edited your pics...it's brilliant! Hope you're having a great day! I will still be without internet at home over the weekend, but have been promised that the new modem will arrive on Monday [yeyyyyy] Cannot wait to be back on the road again. Using my work computer now during my lunch to visit and read some blogs...wish I had more time though. Thank you for sharing some more history with us, I certainly have enjoyed it all!
Big hugs
Eva

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sandra, this series is almost like being in that time period, minus the real,pain and suffering.

DawnTreader said...

You're doing a great "reporter" job here! :)

TexWisGirl said...

the line about the son sure brings it home, doesn't it?

Genie said...

We have reenactments of Civil War battles here in Virginia all the time. These fellows take the whole thank VERY seriously. I do not know how they stand the wool uniforms in all the heat. FYI...Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Lee’s horse are all buried here. In addition Virginia Military Institute is here and their cadets fought to save this area. Loved your presentation this week. The sepia was so nice. genie

Remington said...

Oh my! I can't imagine those poor people laying out there that long....so sad....

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Oh wow!

I don't think I could have taken all that realism. I'm a wimp, I know.

:-)

SweetMarie said...

The tap on the shoulder and "it's your son" just freaked me out!

BlueShell said...

Oh, my...3 or 4 days laying there...
Wonderful work...I saw the 2 photos...the color one and the other...and you did well. It looks like an old photo, they all look like old photos...
Congratulations, dear!
Isabel

Pam said...

How many Mothers and families have to loose their loved ones until we learn that war is not the answer.
Sandra, You should make this series into a YouTube video!

Madi and Mom said...

This was an amazing series. Wonder how long the actors have to practice. No telling how much time they put into this we know for sure they put their hearts into it.
Hugs Madi and Mom

photowannabe said...

Outstanding series Sandra. Love the sepia effect. It makes it so real.
I love the part about the nurse and her wounded son.
It must have made you forget it was just a reenactment.

Andrew said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed these posts.
Wonderful to see xx

BlueShell said...

Sandra: the "big M word" Catherine was talking about is the menopause????....
Hope so...Otherwise my comment there is stupid! (shame on me)

Hugs

Tracy said...

how fun :) re-eneactments are fun!

Angela said...

Those are so amazing Sandra! I feel like I'm there back when it happened.

I hate what google did to blogger! I can't figure out a good way to look at the blogs I follow now. They really messed it up! I'm not even sure if I can even make a new post now.

Chatty Crone said...

I am going to forward this to my son - very interesting how they did things back in those days. sandie

S. Etole said...

This is almost too real! What an experience for you.

George said...

Thanks for another fascinating photo sequence. Thanks, too, for the interesting information.

Kathy said...

You got some really great pics on this outing. I've really enjoyed looking at them. It's amazing that with the sepia processing how authentic they look. Good job!

Ann said...

I wonder just how much whiskey they went through. Can you imagine being out there as a doctor and never having gone to medical school.

Amy Burzese said...

You got so many great shots!

Maple Lane said...

Wonderful photos and your posts reminds us of what war is like.
I look forward to the period clothing. Have a good weekend. Hope you are feeling better.

Deb said...

I felt like I was there

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sandra, Almost makes me cry just thinking about that war and our ancestors.... That one was really quite realistic, wasn't it???

The whiskey had to have been important before surgery.. Yipes!!!!

Great post.. Thanks so much.
Hugs,
Betsy

Rose said...

So much stuff I did not know or have forgot. I am just always thankful I have never had to live with war right on my doorstep...always wonder how people survive.