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Military Field Hospital

Field hospitals were set near the battlefield to give medical care to the sick and wounded soldiers.  Surprisingly, two times as many soldiers died of disease than of gunshot wounds.  Civilian women, both North and South, would serve as volunteer nurses in military hospitals under the command surgeon. Among the most famous were Louisa May Alcott, Clara Barton and Dorthea Dix, who convinced the officials to let women work as nurses.

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