"Cunningham portrays vividly the medical activity in the two [Manassas] campaigns."
"There is much in this book to recommend it. The topic is an important one; the author's research is impressive; he demonstrates a thorough knowledge of his subject; his presentation, for the most part, is clear and easily comprehended; and the reader is aided by two impressive maps and a detailed index."
"The author has a sound grasp of the military movements that form the background for his narrative. . . . This work is a useful contribution to the scholarship of the war."
—Journal of American History
After the first battle of Bull Run both sides made attempts to reorganize their medical staffs, and after the second battle at Manassas it was obvious that further improvements were necessary. The Union army set about creating a medical service which could cope with a long war, but the Confederacy failed to foresee a similar need, having just won a major victory.
In comparing the efforts of both armies to establish efficient medical services, Horace C. Cunningham brings to light an important aspect of this war of attrition.
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