Characteristics of “General Hospitals” during the Civil War?

  1. They usually were not restricted to the members of a particular regiment or corps, were established in cities or towns behind the lines.
  2. They usually were not restricted to the members of a particular regiment or corps, were established in cities or towns behind the lines.
  3. Most general hospitals treated all types of cases although they might set aside separate wards for contagious diseases or a particular type of wound.
  4. General hospitals were initially established in existing buildings such as hotels, churches, schools, courthouses, and other available structures, but later in the war pavilion wards and other similar buildings were constructed specifically for the hospitals.

These are direct quotes from Schroeder-Lein, Glenna R.. The Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine . M.E. Sharpe. Kindle Edition. Location 3530

Top ten things to know about Nashville’s military hospital system during the Civil War

  1. Nashville represented about 10-15% of the Union’s total hospital capacity.
  2. Nashville hospitals served about 100,000 wounded during the Civill War.
  3. During its peak, Nashville served about 14,000 men.
  4. Nashville had the third largest medical school in the United States.
  5. When lost to the Federals in February 1862, the Nashville hospital system represented 20-30% of the Confederate hospital capacity.
  6. Nashville had an 8-10% death rate during the Civil War.
  7. The Nashville hospital system was located along major rail and water routes.
  8. The Nashville hospitals served as a hospital-depot-nervous-system of sorts.
  9. By period standards, Nashville’s system was first-rate.
  10. The Nashville hospital system had to involve in the context of a fairly hostile environment.

Fort Negley Lithographs

Cowan’s description:

Both hand-colored and in original marbleized frames, one entitled South East View of Fort Negley and the other South West View of Fort Negley, printed by Gibson & Co. Cincinnati, print is 9″ x 18″, frames 106″ x 18.6″.

After its capture in 1862, Nashville was developed by Union forces into the most fortified city in North America. A series of forts ringed the city, the largest and southernmost being Fort Negley, named for U.S. Gen. James Scott Negley, provost marshal and commander of Federal forces in Nashville. The remains of Fort Negley are located on a high hill south of downtown Nashville at the confluence of Interstates 65 and 40.

Image source: Cowan’s

71st Ohio surgeon’s personal list of the killed and wounded at Nashville

Source: Cowan’s

Crane, Dr. William (1832-1904). Surgeon of the 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Nashville, TN. December 15, 1864 – December 16, 1864.

Cowan’s description:

These documents were Dr. Crane’s personal register for the killed and wounded at the Battle of Nashville which took place on the 15th and 16th of December in 1864. The register features the soldiers names, rank and whether or not they were injured or killed.

Dr. William Crane grew up learning medicine from his father. At the onset of the Civil War, the governor of Ohio appointed him to be in charge of recruiting and taking care of the soldiers families. He was involved with the creation of the 44th and 71st O.V.I. regiments and became the lead surgeon of the 71st O.V.I. in 1861 where he stayed until 1865.