Injuries and Ailments

Injuries and Ailments in the Civil Wars

Many claimants lived with horrific wounds for years, even decades afterwards. The lives of many were saved by military surgeons and other medical practitioners, but thousands were left too disabled to work for their livings or to support their families.

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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Old Wives’ Tales: Long-term Medical Care during the English Civil Wars

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The Civil Wars and the Wider World

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Allegiance and the Art of Survival: Colonel Henry Farr

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Face to Face with a Maimed Soldier: Captain Richard Vaughan

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Katherine de Luke: Widow, Petitioner, and Royalist Agent

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Echoes of a Massacre: The Petition of Bridget Rumney

The massacre of the royalist camp-followers in Farndon Field following the battle of Naseby was one of the most notorious…

Prisoners of war: the lowest priority

The plight and place in diplomatic relations of prisoners of war during the Civil Wars was discussed in a previous…

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Since the official launch of Civil War Petitions in July, we have been working hard to gather new material. The…

The War Hero, the Eccentric and the Turncoat: the Men Behind Three Signatures

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War Widows Past and Present: The Civil War Petitions and War Widows' Stories Projects

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