During the Civil War, medical professionals learned a lot in their field hospitals, but not enough to keep down the overwhelming deaths from sickness. Surprisingly, there were far more casualties from illnesses than cannons, rifles, or bayonets! Learn about the mostly male nurses, and the many women, paid or volunteer, who contributed significantly. This class will highlight two of the first female doctors in the U.S., one of whom became the first (and only) woman recipient of the Medal of Honor. How and why? Learn about Clara Barton, who with no medical training began the Red Cross.