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Virginia in the American Civil War

Library of Virginia collections pertaining to the American Civil War


In an attempt to manage the unprecedented number of sick and wounded, the Confederacy established a Medical Department. Surgeons were commissioned to serve in military hospitals and with individual units. They were assisted by nurses, stewards, matrons, and other medical personnel.

The Library's collections contain a variety of records that pertain to this system, including the papers of surgeons and other medical personnel, hospital registers, personal papers of soldiers who were hospitalized or of their family and friends, and unit records that include medical information for individual soldiers.

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Use the following suggested keywords to search the LVA Catalog:

  • Chimborazo Hospital (Richmond, Va.)
  • Confederate States of America Army Medical
  • Confederate States of America Surgeon
  • Medicine Military
  • Military Hospitals Confederate States of America
  • Surgeons Confederate States of America
  • Surgery United States Civil War, 1861-1865         
  • United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Hospitals

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