That got me to thinking about herbs and such during this time period.
I found this article for the civil war kitchen garden here
Civil War Medicine at Home here this is an excellent find with several pages of information of herbs and their use-even includes a page of wive tales
An article on Civil War nurses here
Interview of a confederate surgeon and the herbs he used here
and comfrey was used to dress and heal wounds and broken bones
Searching for information for this post, I ran into many books on this subject as well
and if you live in the New England Area there is a Garden in the Woods at Framingham, Ma with herbs planted that were used during the civil war here This was one of several that I ran into, all commemorating the 150th anniversary of our Civil War