Civil War Medicine

Hi Friends, It’s release week for Waiting for His Return. I wanted to invite you to enter the giveaway and learn a bit more about this Civil War Christmas novella. The hero, James Galloway, is attacked and left for dead on the road outside the heroine’s home. The heroine’s father is a doctor, caring for injured troops during the war. James is taken in by the Thornton’s  and nursed by the heroine, Rachel Thornton. Part of my research involved understanding how medicine was practiced during the Civil War. It was an eye-opening study, and it made me very grateful for the medical advances we’ve seen in the last 150 years!

During the 1860s, many doctors were ignorant of the causes of disease. Civil War doctors usually underwent two years of medical school, though some pursued more education. Medicine in the United States was woefully behind Europe. Most Civil War surgeons had never treated a gun shot wound, and many had never performed surgery. Yet, for the most part, the Civil War doctor did the best he could, muddling through the so-called “medical middle ages.”

Some 10,000 surgeons served in the Union army and about 4,000 served in the Confederate. But medical knowledge in the 1860s did not yet encompassed the use of sterile dressings, antiseptic surgery, or the recognition of the importance of sanitation and hygiene. As a result, thousands died from diseases such as typhoid or dysentery.

A scene from Mercy Street, Civl War drama set in a Union hospital.

For every soldier who died in battle, two died of disease. They suffered from intestinal complaints such as dysentery and diarrhea and outbreaks of measles, small pox, malaria, and pneumonia. The high incidence of disease was caused by inadequate physical examination of recruits; ignorance; the rural origin of my soldiers; neglect of camp hygiene; insects and vermin; exposure; lack of clothing and shoes; and poor food and water.

Many unqualified recruits entered the Army and diseases cruelly weeded out those who should have been excluded by physical exams. Troops from rural areas were crowded together for the first time with large numbers of other individuals and caught diseases they had no immunity to. Neglect of camp hygiene, ignorance about camp sanitation, and scanty knowledge about how disease was carried made things worse.

Civil War medications

To halt disease, doctors used many cures. For scurvy, doctors prescribed green vegetables. Respiratory problems, such as pneumonia and bronchitis were treated with opium or sometimes quinine. Sometimes bleeding was also used. Malaria could be treated with quinine, or sometimes even turpentine if quinine was not available.

Most medicines were manufactured in the North. Southerners had to run the Union blockade in order to gain access to them. On occasion, vital medicines were smuggled into the South sewn into the petticoats of ladies sympathetic to the Southern cause. The South also had some manufacturing capabilities and worked with herbal remedies. However, many of the Southern medical supplies came from captured Union stores.

Battlefield surgery was also at best archaic. Doctors often took over houses, churches, schools, even barns for hospitals. The field hospital was located near the front lines — sometimes only a mile behind the lines — and was marked with a yellow flag with a green “H”. Anesthesia’s first recorded use was in 1846 and was commonly in use during the Civil War. In fact, there are 800,000 recorded cases of its use. Chloroform was the most common anesthetic, used in 75% of operations.

The numbers killed and wounded in the Civil War were far greater than any previous American war. As the lists of the maimed grew, both North and South built general military hospitals. These hospitals were usually located in big cities. They were usually single storied, of wood construction, and well-ventilated and heated. The largest of these hospitals was  in Richmond, Virginia. By the end of the War, Chimbarazo had 150 wards and was capable of housing 4,500 patients. Some 76,000 soldiers were treated at this hospital.

The Civil War “sawbones” did the best he could. Sadly, when American decided to kill American from 1861 to 1865, the medical field was not yet capable of dealing with the disease and the massive injuries caused by industrial warfare.

Thanks to Ohio State University History Department for this information.  https://ehistory.osu.edu/exhibitions/cwsurgeon/cwsurgeon/introduction

I hope you’ll visit my book launch blog post and enter the special giveaway!

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie

Civil War “Special Artists”

Hi Friends,

It’s release week, and I’m excited to tell you more about the inspiration behind Waiting for His Return. When I was doing research for this story, I saw an article about artists who traveled with the troops during the Civil War. I thought that would be an interesting occupation for my hero. I ordered a copy of Our Special Artist – Alfred R. Waud’s Civil War, and I used what I learned about Waud as an inspiration for my hero, James Galloway.

Here’s an excerpt from that book: “When North and South went to war in 1861, a small legion of men in civilian clothes went with them. Instead of weapons they carried pencils and pads of paper, and instead of setting out to take Richmond or Washington, their goal was to capture on paper the look of the war. They were the battlefield artists, the men who brought home to the people behind the lines the scenes of battle that were deciding the fate of the nation.

Special artist Alfred Waud

One of the most famous was Alfred R. Waud, the man Harper’s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper called “Our Special Artist.”

Waud covered the war from the first to the last, initially for the New York Illustrated News, and later for Harper’s. From the formation of the Confederate government in Montgomery, Alabama, to the last campaigns of Grant’s army leading to Appomattox, Alfred Waud was there, pencil in hand. Waud even went into battle alongside the Yankee troops he accompanied in the field. He was under fire almost as much as they as he frantically sketched the brutal scenes before him, then polished them after the fight to send them to the publisher. Teams of engravers worked through the night when his sketches arrived, turning them into wood block engravings used to print the next week’s edition. 

Portraits of the great generals, scenes in camp and field, the look of battle –all came from Waud’s pencil. Along with his drawings he often sent firsthand accounts of what he had seen, acting as an informal reporter as well as an artist. He went where even the photographers could not go, and the result is that while several other battle artist also worked for Harper’s and it’s competitors, Alfred Waud is the one whose view of the conflict dominated the public mind in the North. People of the Union literally saw the Civil War through his eyes.”

Alfred Waud went to great lengths to travel with the troops in order to bring the news of the war home. He was dedicated to the Union cause, and I wanted my hero to reflect many of those same qualities — faithfulness, courage, and dedication. 

Waiting for His Return is available as an eBook from Amazon for $2.99 for a limited time. I hope you’ll download your copy  and enjoy this inspiring holiday novella!

You have until November 12th to enter the special book launch giveaway. Follow this link to enter. Thanks very much for sharing this post and adding your reviews to Amazon or GoodReads!

Blessings and Happy Reading,

Carrie

Waiting for His Return Release Day!

 

Hi Friends, It’s release day for Waiting for His Return! I’m excited to share this heartwarming holiday novella with you, and I have a special giveaway to celebrate the book launch. The story is set in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Civil War. The hero is British-born artist, James Galloway, who travels with the Union troops drawing battle scenes that are sent back to Harper’s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper.

When James is attacked and left for dead at the side of the road near the Thornton’s home, Rachel Thornton takes him in and uses the skills she has learned from her physician father to save James’s life. Her father, sister, and two loyal servants also lend a hand. But the battlefront is moving closer to Nashville, and with it, increasing danger for James, Rachel, and her family.

James and Rachel grow closer as he recovers, but he has a commitment to fulfill for Harpers Weekly. Rachel has already lost one man she loves, and she is reluctant to give her heart to another man who may soon become a casualty of the war. 

With Christmas coming, Rachel waits for news from James. Will he find his way back to her, or will she be left waiting for his return?

 Waiting for His Return was originally published in A Blue and Gray Christmas and was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award. It has been revised and updated for new readers to enjoy. The eBook is available on Amazon for $2.99 for a limited time. Download your copy today and start reading to enjoy this story!

To celebrate the launch of Waiting for His Return I’m offering a special giveaway for my reading friends!  The gifts include two adult coloring books, drawing pencils, and fine line markers, plus an Oh Holy Night Gift Set with mug, plate, tote bag, bookmark, pen, and devotional book. To enter the giveaway just share this post on social media or with a friend via email, then leave a comment below, telling me where you shared it. The winner will be chosen Monday, November 13th and notified by email. Thanks for helping me celebrate and spread the word about Waiting for His Return!

****Thanks for stopping by! The winner has been chosen – Jeanie Dannheim – and the giveaway has closed. Happy Reading, Carrie

 

 

November New Releases

 

Hi Friends, these are the new releases coming out in November from authors who are members of  American Christian Fiction. Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and settle in with a good book!
Contemporary Romance:

Rooted in Love by Valerie Comer — A divorcé with a set of rambunctious twins falls for the boys’ daycare administrator, but does he deserve another chance at love? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Prescription for Romance by June Foster — Though history teacher Scott Townsend made a commitment to the Lord as a teen, he can’t relinquish his bitterness toward his younger brother after he squanders their parents’ money. When a beautiful, young pharmacist seeks affirmation in a way that challenges Scott’s values, he must uphold his Christian upbringing. (Contemporary Romance from Forget Me Not Romance [Winged Publication])

Believing in Tomorrow by Kimberly Rae Jordan — Sammi struggles to accept the consequences for her actions and to live with her new reality—unwed mother instead of wife and then mother. Though it eats at her soul, she feels that the judgment she faces is her lot to bear. Can Levi get Sammi to see that their child deserves better? Or will she lose everything she’s dreamed of for her tomorrow because she can’t accept that forgiveness is hers for the taking? (Contemporary Romance, ACFW QIP)

Texas Christmas Twins by Deb Kastner — Miranda Morgan’s Christmas will be twice as busy now that she’s guardian of her sister’s sweet twin babies. But the celebrity photographer is happy to trade a glamorous LA lifestyle for motherhood in her small hometown of Wildhorn, Texas. Unfortunately, the twins’ handsome godfather, Simon West, is unconvinced. The brooding rancher isn’t thrilled about letting sunny, spontaneous Miranda into his carefully managed world. Though they disagree on almost everything, Simon and Miranda discover common ground as they work to make the twins’ first country Christmas cozy and bright. Could this holiday transform Miranda and Simon’s tentative friendship into a forever love? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham — When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell. 
Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne. When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again? (Contemporary Romance from Bling! Romance)


Historical:


The Legacy by Carol Ashby — A father’s martyrdom makes his son and daughter hunger for revenge on their brother who betrayed him and the people who led him to faith until God answers their father’s final prayer in unexpected ways. (Historical from Cerrillo Press)



Jerusalem Rising by Barbara M. Britton — When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit,God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David. Nehemiah challenges the people of God to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Will her father, who rules a half-district of Jerusalem, be forgotten forever? Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same stones they hope to construct? (Historical from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])


Historical Mystery:

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering — Amateur sleuth Drew Farthering and his wife Madeline travel to Scotland for the 1935 British Open, but instead of a relaxing holiday, they find murder, mystery, and international intrigue. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker])

 

Historical Romance:

Waiting for His Return by Carrie Turansky — The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover the battles near Union occupied Nashville. She has already lost one man she loves. How can she give her heart to another man who may become a casualty of the war? A heartwarming holiday novella. (Historical Romance from Flowing Stream Books)


The Virtuous Viscount by Susan M. Baganz — Lord Remington falls for a woman he rescues and recovers in his home, but can Miss Storm trust his virtue when he risks his reputation to unbeknownst to her, saves her life. (Historical Romance from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])


Lord Phillip’s Folly by Susan M. Baganz — Lord Westcombe finds himself falling in love with his unexpected wife and having to rescue her from the devices of the Black Diamond with the help of his friends and newfound faith. (Historical Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

The Regency Brides Collection by Amanda Barratt, Angela Bell, Susanne Dietze, Michelle Griep, Nancy Moser, MaryLu Tyndall, and Erica Vetsch — Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in Regency England…Seven couples must navigate society’s gauntlet to secure the hand of true love…. Charity and Luke are strangers who were forced to marry three years ago. Adelaide and Walter share a love of music and disdain for elitism. Caroline and Henry are thrown together by three orphans. Helen and Isaac harbor his unlikely secret. Esther is empowered to choose between two men. Sophia is determined not to choose a man like Nash. Jamie and William face a daunting London season together. Will their faith grow and love prevail in a time when both were considered luxuries the elite could not afford? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas — Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother–and nearly his own life–in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company. Larkin Heyward’s life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more–maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she’s never even met someone who’s lived there–until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father’s timber company. Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])


Legal Thriller:

Guilty Blood by Rick Acker — A desperate mother tries to prove her son’s innocence, but shadowy forces want to keep him in jail–and kill him there. (Legal Thriller from Waterfall Press)


Romantic Suspense:

An Unexpected Legacy by Amy R. Anguish — When Chad Manning introduces himself to Jessica Garcia at her favorite smoothie shop, it’s like he stepped out of one of her romance novels. But as she tentatively walks into a relationship with this man of her dreams, secrets from their past threaten to shatter their already fragile bond. Chad and Jessica must struggle to figure out if their relationship has a chance or if there is nothing between them but a love of smoothies. (Romantic Suspense from Tulpen Publishing)

Christmas Double Cross by Jodie Bailey — Undercover Texas Ranger Colter Blackthorn’s convinced Danielle Segovia is really a wanted criminal—until she’s nearly kidnapped right in front of him. Now Colter must keep her out of the clutches of the notorious drug cartel leader whose traitor sister is a dead ringer for Danielle. The drug czar wants the drugs he thinks the pretty shop owner stole from him. And with the younger brother Danielle is raising dragged into the crosshairs, Colt has to find a way to protect them both. But a showdown at Christmas—with Danielle as bait—may be the only way to make sure they all survive the holidays. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright — Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost? (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])


Speculative:

Awakened by Morgan L. Busse — The monster has awakened. After her escape from the Tower and from her father’s experiments, Kat Bloodmayne wakes up to discover the dark power inside of her has grown stronger. Now more than ever she needs to find the doctor who holds the key to healing her, but the only one who can help her find him is Stephen Grey, the very man who betrayed her. Stephen Grey cannot change the past or what he did to Kat, but he will do everything he can to help her now. But will Kat let him? Or will his transgression be too much to overcome? Time races against them as they travel with sky pirates through harrowing storms and across the war-torn country of Austrium in search of the doctor who can cure Kat. But can he cure what is broken inside of her? Or will the monster inside of Kat consume her soul? (Speculative from Enclave Publishing)

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Until Next Time, Happy Reading,

Carrie