Crude Surgical Stations

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Second Federal (Union) Occupation and "Valley Forge" Period

Crude Surgical Stations

Crude surgical stations consisting of two barrels and a wooden board could be placed in tents or other structures.  Large houses or barns were preferred.  Fortunately, only one of four wounded soldiers had to endure surgery.  The others were bandaged, cleaned, and evacuated hoping for the best. The greatest risks to life for wounded soldiers were shock and infection. (Successful bacteria research, reported in the summer of 1863, unfortunately aided no Civil War soldier.)

(Picture was taken at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA)