Injuries and Ailments

Injuries and Ailments in the Civil Wars

Civil War Petitions contains details of how the wounded were treated, including the procedures, costs and consequences of such treatments.

Browse the petitions and certificates by those which mention wounds inflicted by shot, blade, burn, exposure/disease, old age or even psychological injuries. Alternatively, browse the petitions and certificates by those which mention wounds to the head, torso, arms, legs, hands or feet. If you wish to browse both by method of injury and injury location, select the method of injury and then refine the results using the injury location options in the search facets.

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'Battle-Scarred': The Civil War Petitions Summer School

From 10 to 15 July 2022, the Civil War Petitions team ran a residential summer school at Oxford’s historic Merton…

The Persistent Petitioner: Mary Burden, Oliver Cromwell and the Wiltshire Justices of the Peace

In an earlier blogpost on the Civil War Petitions website, David Appleby charted the tenacious efforts of a maimed soldier,…

‘The hungry jaws of want’ – Basing House and the Maw of War

A siege is one of the cruellest forms of warfare. It turns neighbourhoods into warzones and terrorises local communities. Inside…

'The endeavours of your servants': Oliver Cromwell, Military Welfare and Civil War Petitions

The figure of Oliver Cromwell looms large over the history of the Civil Wars. The working farmer who rose to…

A Vengeful Vicar and a Martyred Mother: The Petition of James Bamlett

It is the job of historians to read all sources critically, an especially important consideration when examining sources from the…

Aristocratic Widowhood and Bereavement: The Household Accounts of Katherine, Lady Brooke

Whilst our project showcases the petitions for welfare penned for the war widows of officers and soldiers, it touches less…

‘And they called for their pints of beer and bottles of sherry…’: veterans and war widows as brewers and alehouse-keepers.

Beer was a staple drink for men, women and even children in early modern Europe, as it was far less…

The War Wounds of Sir Thomas Fairfax

Looking back on his military service during the Civil Wars, Thomas 3rd Lord Fairfax penned his Short Memorials during the…

They also served

The Civil War Petitions project team frequently agonises over whether to include or reject individuals (or their relations) who were…

The personal cost of war: injuries from firearms and their treatment during the Civil Wars

This is the final instalment in our trilogy of blogs on medical care written for us by Prof. Stephen M.…