"Life and Limb" at Atkinson Museum

November 02, 2013

Pictures of AmputeesThe Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College is hosting the traveling exhibit, Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War.

The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine, which highlights the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterwards are less well-known.

More than three million soldiers fought in the war from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived.  Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs. Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans who served as a symbol of the fractured nation and a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict.

This exhibition, developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, will be at Atkinson Museum through December 14. Usual hours for the Atkinson Museum are Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 12 PM and 1 to 5:00 PM. Saturday Game Day hours are 10 AM to 5 PM. For additional information, call 434-223-6134.