Local Connections to the Civil War

You’ve likely heard of “soft rollouts,” when it comes to a new product or service. In terms of our most recent historical exhibition, “Costly Progress: Medical Advances in the American Civil War,” were are having a “soft closing.” Extended once, we are extending it again until Friday, October 17th due to continued interest. Visitors remain intrigued with the over sized map of the “The Approach of the Civil War,” the disquieting amputation kits, and the evocative narratives regarding wounds and injuries from the Surgeon General’s Reports.

Also, two stories in the local media have mentioned the connection of Camp Randall to the Civil War. So, the next time you attend a Badger Football game or walk past Camp Randall think about the fascinating history and poignant sacrifices made in the surrounding acreage.

Here’s the background of “Costly Progress“. Please come visit. E-mail Micaela with particular questions about the exhibition: msullivan@library.wisc.edu

Image from: Woman’s Work in the Civil War: A Record of Heroism, Patriotism and Patience. L. P. Brockett, M.D. and Mary Baughan. Philadelphia, 1868
Depicted: Mrs. Annie Etheridge, from Wisconsin and “engaged in hospital services.”