Life and Limb - A Look at Civil War Medicine

A Traveling Exhibit from the National Library of Medicine,
National Institutes of Health

Opening Wednesday, April 10, Through May 15
USM’s De Paul Library on the Main Campus in Leavenworth
4100 South 4th Street


Exhibition Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The University of Saint Mary natural science and nursing programs present Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War, a traveling exhibit for libraries that looks at the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime as well as the experiences of wounded soldiers both during and after the conflict.

The exhibit opens Wednesday, April 10, and runs through May 15 in De Paul Library on the main USM campus in Leavenworth, 4100 South 4th Street. Admission to the exhibit is free. Contact USM’s De Paul Library at 913-758-6306 for more information on hours.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

The exhibit will feature the following two presentations:

• To mark the opening, USM will host Dr. Herschel Stroud, a local Civil War medicine expert, for a talk titled Civil War Medicine: Cursed or Blessed? At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 in USM’s De Paul Library.

• Death and the Civil War, a presentation by Dr. Bryan Le Beau, USM’s vice president for academic affairs, from 11 a.m. – noon Thursday, April 25, in the Mead Hall Lounge on the USM Leavenworth campus. 

“What attracted us to this exhibit was its focus on disabled veterans,” said Dr. Caroline Mackintosh, chair of USM’s department of science and mathematics.

“With USM’s health care emphasis, the strong interest our students have in health care, and current world affairs making us acutely aware of the injuries suffered by our servicemen and women, we believe this exhibit is particularly timely and interesting. That’s true whether you’re interested in Civil War, medicine of that era, or the health care available to disabled veterans.”

The exhibit presents the perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses during the Civil War era, telling the brutal and heroic stories of battlefield operations and caring for the wounded. It also looks and the nearly half a million soldiers who were wounded during the war and what they went through in the years that followed.

Call 913-758-6306 for more information on USM’s Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War.