Did Hospitals Use Water Beds in the Civil War?

Did Hospitals Use Water Beds in the Civil War?

Did you know … After Private William McCarter was wounded in the Battle of Fredericksburg, the army sent him to the Eckington Army Hospital, located less than two miles from Washington  D.C. At Eckington Army Hospital Two wooden buildings made up the hospital. The one-story building William went to was soon filled with wounded soldiers. After about five weeks, his doctor moved him to the other building to stay in a room with four officers. A Surprising Sight William described a “water bed” which he had never seen or heard of before. One of the lieutenants in his room was severely wounded, and even a feather mattress wasn’t comfortable. The doctors gave him a new mattress. It was about six feet long, four feet wide and eighteen inches deep....

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