Post #24: Death and the Civil War

This film was a striking depiction of the civil war. It was shocking to visualize the photography of the dead soldiers along with hearing the complicated story. The description of the experiences of the family along with the graphic images of death in this film were very impactful to me as a viewer. It was plain to see how death was revolutionized in the way that it was handled as a result of the civil war. There was previously no federal hospitals, ambulance corps, system for transportation of the dead, identification, or burial procedures. The soldiers just did what they could to honor their fellow soldiers that had fallen. It was shocking to see the sheer numbers of casualties and deaths as a result of this war. In addition, it was incredible to see people coming together to honor the dead soldiers and give them a proper death. I was surprised to find out that it was common practice during the civil war to dig up bodies from their graves and try to identify and reinter them. I think that a sense of patriotism and personal responsibility of all, including the federal government, to care for the dead respectfully and to do right by them and their families arose during this time. Memorial Day was established because their were so many dead that needed to be honored and to this day Americans still celebrate Memorial Day in honor of those that have fought for our freedom and liberty.


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