The Summer 2014 issue of The Civil War Monitor features a rarely-seen portfolio of photographs from the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC. The collection is the result of an extensive project undertaken by Civil War-era doctors and photographers to document the severity, treatment, and recovery of hundreds of men injured in the last years of the war.
In the process of designing this issue, we faced the difficult task of editing through some extremely gruesome images of soldiers who were horribly injured in battle. Many, if fact, were too graphic to be printed. What did get published, though, serves as a reminder of the courage, selflessness, and sacrifice of the men and women who have served our country. Be sure to keep them in your thoughts today.