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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

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Federal officials reviewed the work of Major Jonathan Letterman, head of the Army of Potomac’s medical corps, in light of Union casualties suffered at Antietam.  General George McClellan had earlier tasked Letterman to improve the efficiency of the Union medical corps.  Letterman responded, forming an independent ambulance corps to remove the wounded from the battlefield.  Then, at sites off the battlefield a system of triage—determining casualties as lightly wounded, severely wounded, or fatally wounded—would be used. 

At Antietam, nearly 10,000 Union troops were wounded in a single day, and all were carried from the field and cared for within 24 hours.  Letterman’s emergency care procedures would become standard operating procedure for the U.S. Army, saving countless soldiers’ lives.