Civil War Medicine: The Minnie Ball and the Surgeon

8th grade, civil war, medicine, nathan mcalister, primary sources


As Nathan began teaching the Civil War he found students gravitating to the wounded and their wounds.  Nathan began thinking about this area of the Civil War that is rarely taught or discussed in any form other than a lecture is medicine and the treatment of soldier’s wounds.  His solution was to simulate the process and involve the students in the lesson.  The goal is empathy and understanding, see objectives.  Within this lesson students will examine, (through primary sources readings and photographs, academic readings, live demonstration, and artifacts; both reproduced and authentic), the personal side of this under-studied area of Civil War history.  This lesson works well as an introduction for further lessons on the Civil War and primary source analysis.

Lesson Plan