We received several entries by e-mail, on this blog, and via the book's Facebook page!
The entries included:
- Comments on favorite Civil War medical personalities, including Clara Barton and Mary Edwards Walker (isn't interesting that the female personalities seem most popular?!)
Comments on ad hoc wartime medical inventions, including the fact that boiling horsehair to use as suture thread may have (unwittingly) sterilized the hair and reduced infections
Interesting medical stories about ancestors who fought in the warThe winner is Carol Wong of Allen , TX, who - in her messages - told of a most interesting story, with a very personal connection:
"I have printed pension documents for my ancestor on my father's side who was a Union guard for a unit from Indiana. Written testimony from him and his wife and neighbors described the problems that he had with his lungs. He apparently had to stand on top of prisoner trains in the cold air and ever since he had a lot of trouble breathing and felt exhausted all the time. He complained that everytime he returned to duty after having recovered some, that he was sent back for the same type of duty. Therefore, he never did recover fully after the war.That is personally interesting to me because I have asthma and sarcoidosis. My dad and my cousin also had asthma and other breathing problems."