Season 2: Episode 2 | The House Guest

Aired January 29, 2017

A house guest becomes the focus of Alice’s schemes. When Mary falls ill, Foster’s attempts to care for her antagonize the new chief. Charlotte tries to contain the smallpox epidemic and Samuel has to make a difficult decision. 

Historical Context

This episode plays as vivid descriptions of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s retreat from Richmond reach Alexandria. Gen. Robert E. Lee has prevailed; Confederate victory and a negotiated peace seem achievable. 

Directed by Stephen Cragg 

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Blog | Sore Attachments

Blog | Sore Attachments

Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., examines the psychological impacts of the war on nurses.

Behind the Lens | Disease

Behind the Lens | Disease

Learn how food, sanitation and hygiene impacted the spread of disease amongst soldiers.

Scenes from Episode 2 | Photo Gallery

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