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Kornhauser Library to host ‘Life and Limb’ Civil War exhibit

by Erica Walsh, communications and marketing last modified Feb 04, 2014 12:20 PM

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were disabled on the battlefields of the Civil War. When the conflict ended, the stories of wounded veterans faded into the background of a recovering country.

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library will showcase several of those soldiers’ stories at the “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” exhibit from Feb. 17-March 29.

Civil War soldiers became maimed men who served as a scarred reminder of the costs of war. The exhibit shares tales of the lives and struggles of disabled Civil War veterans including battlefield amputations and the creation of the Invalid Corps.

The traveling show is part of a national tour. It will be on the main floor of the library and is free and open to the public. Kornhauser Library, 500 S. Preston St., is open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekends.

This exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It is curated by Manon Pary.

For more information, visit the exhibit website at

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