It has been said that the American Civil War was the first “modern war” in terms of technology and lethal weapons, but that it was simultaneously fought “at the end of the medical Middle Ages. “During mid-19th century America, very little was known about the causes of diseases, and there were no antibiotics, so infection was the most common cause of death for wounded soldiers. Battlefield surgeons were underqualified and field hospitals were understaffed and poorly supplied. The most common operation was amputation. To learn more about Civil War Battlefield Medical Practices, please come to the library as we continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Re-enactor, Mike Jesberger will give us an overview of these poor medical practices and how they impacted the life of the Civil War soldier.
Michael Jesberger has been involved with Historical Military impressions and research since 1995.