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The Civil War

Civil War Ambulance Corps

The Civil War<BR>(1861-1865)
The Civil War

Civil War Ambulance Corps
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.45

     challenging words:    ill-equipped, tree-ahzh, efficiency, corps, bloody, mobile, wounded, improve, triage, lines, buggies, battle, whatever, rear, necessary, service
     content words:    Civil War, Bull Run, Washington D. C., Jonathan Letterman, Medical Director, Battlefield Medicine

Civil War Ambulance Corps
By Cindy Grigg

1     When the Civil War began, most of the soldiers were volunteers. They came from farms and cities. They had no training as soldiers. Both the North and South were ill-equipped for taking care of their wounded. Soldiers with no training were randomly assigned to work the ambulances. There was no plan in place. Battle commanders did not want the ambulances in their way near the front. They were ordered to stay back some two to three miles.
2     The first battle of Bull Run was the first main battle of the war. It was near Washington, D.C. Hundreds of people from the city drove out in buggies to watch the battle. They thought the Northern army would quickly win the battle, and the war would be over! Instead, Bull Run was a long, bloody battle. The North was badly beaten. It was said that after the battle of Bull Run, no casualties reached Washington, D.C., in ambulances. Some of the wounded walked twenty-seven miles into the city.
3     Dr. Jonathan Letterman was chosen as Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac (the Northern army). Letterman was told to do "whatever was necessary" to improve the system. He set up a .....
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