Civil War Medicine Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Teachers may use these lesson plans to teach students about medical care during the American Civil War. Students will be able to describe the unhygienic conditions, as well as identify innovative leaders of the healthcare industry during that time.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson about medical practices during the American Civil war, students will be able to:

  • Describe the poor conditions of medical facilities during the war.
  • Identify leaders and innovators in the field of medicine during this era.
  • Discuss how processes and procedures developed during the Civil War era impact medical practices today.


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • amputation
  • antibiotics
  • casualties
  • dysentery
  • hygiene
  • malaria
  • sawbones
  • triage
  • unsanitary
  • ventilation


  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Paper
  • Pens

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