Civil War Medicine Series

Civil War Medicine, a four-part series, is the story of the violent birth of modern medicine. It documents a huge national health care emergency unlike anything ever before seen in America. New, efficient weapons technology challenged medical treatments and techniques in use since the Middle Ages. A small number of physicians faced one million casualties and created solutions to the lack of ambulances, skilled nursing care, surgical techniques and records-keeping. A massive, unprecedented civilian volunteer effort helped to heal the physical and spiritual wounds of a nation. These fascinating documentary programs will preserve a crucial part of our nation’s heritage.

The scripts and research have already been endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of the Library of Congress, The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, The Society of Civil War Surgeons and others. The makers of the series are now seeking funds for production expenses. Your contribution will help bring this series to television, and your gift will also support many participating American museums, libraries and archives.

Please visit their website, to view more than 900 in-depth articles on medical treatment in the Civil War era. Follow their daily posts on Facebook (Civil-War-Rx) for fascinating information and updates this fall as we begin to photograph items from Philadelphia area museums, libraries and archives. You will view rare photographs, illustrations, documents and artifacts from many collections.

Their budget is conservative for a series of this size. Production expenses including photography, video, voiceover, sound and music recording costs are $985,000. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for Civil War Medicine. No goods or services will be exchanged for your donation. All donors will receive screen credit on each episode.

Your tax-deductible gift can be made online through the PayPal button on our website, or on the Fiscal Sponsorship page of the Greater Philadelphia Film office: You will receive a QuickBooks receipt for your records.

Thank you for honoring these unsung heroes of the Civil War and for celebrating our breakthrough period of medical advancement. They have an amazing opportunity to document a crucial chapter of America’s heritage and of the history of medicine.