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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 May 2020 3:24 p.m. PST

To those familiar with modern standards of naval medical care, it may be difficult to visualize the days when treatment of the shipboard sick and wounded was limited to the surgeon working in a makeshift sick bayŚwith no hope of better facilities until the ship reached a port which might have a hospital, days or even weeks into the future. It was a situation that existed in the U. S. Navy, however, until the chaos of the Civil War produced the USS Red Rover, the Navy's first hospital ship…


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2020 5:16 p.m. PST

I'm in the process of reading Osprey's New Vanguard #49 Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War: 1861-65 which includes the USS Red Rover, but not with the detail of Bill's link, above.


Pyrate Captain14 May 2020 3:16 p.m. PST

If the casualties originated in Cairo, Nashville, or Louisville, they were very likely attributed to STDs, which afflicted 9% of the Union Army. Consider that in relation to the 18% of the Union Army afflicted by battle casualties.

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