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Emancipation Petitions

Petitions filed in response to the Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862, provide a voluminous, rich, and detailed record of the character of slavery in Washington and a vivid portrait of the 3,300 slaves who gained their freedom in 1862.

Medical Cases

Cases drawn from The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion help us to understand the nation's capital as a city where the visible, physical pain and distress of the sick and wounded constantly reminded its citizens of the human costs of the war.

Newspapers

Newspapers published in Washington-area hospitals clarify the war and work of recovery, offering names of patients, medical staff, and subscribers; providing hospital statistics, news, and editorials; and presenting poetry, short stories, and sketches. Newspaper issues are not currently searchable.

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