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Within These Walls: Contraband Hospital and the African Americans Who Served There

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The story of African American medical personnel serving during the Civil War is an often neglected part of Civil War history and little has been written on the subject. Histories of Civil War Medicine often overlook the participation and contributions African Americans made between 1862 and 1865. This presentation will explore one hospital that treated black soldiers and civilians in Washington, D.C. and the African American men and women who served there as surgeons and nurses.

Over 40,000 escaped slaves sought refuge and freedom in Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War. Their increasing numbers created a dilemma for the Union Army. Where would these men, women, and children find food, shelter and medical care? In an effort to meet this challenge, the Union Army established Contraband Camp and Hospital which became a safe haven for these former slaves and the center of contraband relief efforts in Washington, D.C.

Contraband Hospital was the main source of medical care for former slaves and wounded African American soldiers in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. The hospital staff, including surgeons and nurses, was largely African American. Existing scholarship on Contraband Hospital is minimal and what does exist rarely includes the personal observations of those who worked there. Within These Walls explores Contraband Hospital through the voices of black surgeons and nurses found in pension records, correspondence, and other government documents.
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Newmark, Jill. "Within These Walls: Contraband Hospital and the African Americans Who Served There" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, Oct 04, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p515511_index.html>

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Newmark, J. L. , 2011-10-04 "Within These Walls: Contraband Hospital and the African Americans Who Served There" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p515511_index.html

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Abstract: The story of African American medical personnel serving during the Civil War is an often neglected part of Civil War history and little has been written on the subject. Histories of Civil War Medicine often overlook the participation and contributions African Americans made between 1862 and 1865. This presentation will explore one hospital that treated black soldiers and civilians in Washington, D.C. and the African American men and women who served there as surgeons and nurses.

Over 40,000 escaped slaves sought refuge and freedom in Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War. Their increasing numbers created a dilemma for the Union Army. Where would these men, women, and children find food, shelter and medical care? In an effort to meet this challenge, the Union Army established Contraband Camp and Hospital which became a safe haven for these former slaves and the center of contraband relief efforts in Washington, D.C.

Contraband Hospital was the main source of medical care for former slaves and wounded African American soldiers in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. The hospital staff, including surgeons and nurses, was largely African American. Existing scholarship on Contraband Hospital is minimal and what does exist rarely includes the personal observations of those who worked there. Within These Walls explores Contraband Hospital through the voices of black surgeons and nurses found in pension records, correspondence, and other government documents.


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