Courage & Contradiction

Making a Hospital Flag

Dublin Core

Title

Making a Hospital Flag

Subject

Civil War--United States
United States--History--Civil War
1861-1865--Hospitals

Description

In this activity students will create a hospital flag and learn about the medical practices of this time period.

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Creator

The Williamson Museum

Source

Civil War in Texas, Trunk Manual

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

Lesson Plan Item Type Metadata

Objectives

The student will gain a better understanding of the medical practices and technologies of the Civil War and of the significant contributions of women in the war, in particular Clara Barton.

Materials

8.5”x11” sheet of yellow felt (1 per student)
8.5”x11” sheet of green felt (1 per student)
Large “H” stencil
Glue
Dowel
Staples
Scissors

Lesson Plan Text

Introduction: During The Civil War, field hospitals became necessary and were set up close in proximity to the battle fields. A way of designating this was a battle-free zone, medics would raise a yellow flag with a large green “H” marked for the hospital. Women, for the first time, entered onto battle fields as field nurses who would tend to wounded soldiers.

1. Student will trace out the large “H” stencil on green felt and cut out.
2. Glue “H” on yellow felt sheet- landscape direction.
3. Staple the hospital flag onto the dowel rod at the top.
4. Research more medical practices and the role of women in the Civil War. Learn of the changes Clara Barton implemented for first aide on the battle field. What symbol do we now have as a result of Clara Barton?

Files

Citation

The Williamson Museum, “Making a Hospital Flag,” Courage & Contradiction, accessed October 23, 2017, http://civilwar.williamsonmuseumexhibits.org/items/show/67.

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