A Place of Rest for our Gallant Boys
The U.S. Army General Hospital at Gallipolis, Ohio 1861-1865
by Christy Perry Tuohey
A Place of Rest for Our Gallant Boys is the story of both Civil War horrors and hope – of Army surgeons and civilians risking their own lives to save others. It is the story of heroes and heroines who worked tirelessly in the wards of a military hospital to heal sick and broken soldiers’ bodies.
Gallipolis, Ohio, was uniquely situated to become a hospital site. Its proximity to early Civil War battles in western Virginia and location on the Ohio River made it an ideal place to receive patients arriving via steamboat from remote battlefields and field hospitals. The people who cared for the ailing warriors came from all quarters: a young teacher who switched to nursing when hospital cots filled her classroom; a New England surgeon who survived Confederate capture and a bloody Southern battle to take charge of the Army hospital; a hospital steward who nursed his regimental comrade back from the brink of death, and how together they ended up treating casualties in Gallipolis.
About the Author
Christy Perry Tuohey is an author and freelance writer. She was born and raised in West Virginia and is a graduate of Marshall University, Class of 1982.
She is a 30+ year veteran of newsrooms and classrooms. She was a TV news reporter and anchor in markets including Charleston/Huntington, WV; Charlotte, NC; and Columbus and Cleveland, OH. Her writing has been published in multiple print and online newspapers and magazines including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pillars Magazine, Family Times Magazine and the Charleston (WV) Gazette. In the 2000s, Perry Tuohey taught journalism classes at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.