Historians Review PBS’s New Civil War Drama “Mercy Street”

On Sunday, January 17, 2016, PBS premiered its new dramatic miniseries “Mercy Street.”

Mary Phinney and Samuel Diggs, taking care of a patient.

Mary Phinney and Samuel Diggs, taking care of a patient.

Set in the Union’s Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia in 1862, the drama brings together northerners and southerners; physicians, nurses, the sick, and the wounded; whites, northern free blacks, and fugitives slaves; abolitionists, slavery advocates, and pragmatists.

This show has created much excitement in the world of Civil War studies, and many historians have published reviews and blog posts about the series this week.

Here’s a roundup (in (rough) chronological order of their original dates of publication):

 

Elizabeth Motich, Muster

Emma Green, Jedediah Foster, Tom Fairfax, and a syringe

Emma Green, Jedediah Foster, Tom Fairfax, and a syringe

Christian McWhirter, Civil War Pop

Kevin Levin, History News Network

Keith Harris, Keith Harris  History

Glenn David Brasher, History and the News

Brian Craig Miller, Nursing Clio

Jen Simone, The Gettysburg Compiler

Ashley Bowen-Murphy, National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Ed O’Donnell and Megan Kate Nelson, In The Past Lane