Real Stories: People and Places
Nurses and Caretakers During the Civil War
Learn more about the nurses of Mansion House Hospital.
Clara Barton was 39 years old when the American Civil War began. Her work, and her life, would once again take a dramatic shift as the war broke out.
Mansion House and Carlyle House
Mansion House was one of the premier luxury hotels in the region before it became a Union Army hospital. Carlyle House faced the Mansion House and was the Green family's home.
It was the spring of 1862, and Emma, then 18-years-old, was the daughter of James and Jane Green, and part of one of the wealthiest families in all of Alexandria.
Benjamin Franklin Stringfellow may have been small in stature, but his Civil War legend looms large. Stringfellow was the Confederate Army's most cunning spies.
In the Spring of 1862, when the story of Mercy Street begins, Alexandria had become the “Crossroads of the Civil War.”
A Close Up on Civil War Medicine
Jake Wynn, Educational Programming Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, discusses the Civil War’s role in the advent of modern medicine.
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