I just viewed the digital preview of episode 1 of a new PBS series about a Civil War hospital in Alexandria, Virginia entitled “Mercy Street.” I found it excellent. The creators of the series took great pains to adhere to historical accuracy, including medical procedures, style, etiquette and behavior. The series portrays life at the Mansion House Hotel and Carlyle House turned into a military hospital by the Union Army in 1861. The filming was done in Richmond and historic Petersburg, Virginia where much of the movie “Lincoln” was shot.
Visit Alexandria is one of the supporters of the series and is running several exhibits in the city to coincide with the debut of the series on 17 January. The exhibits will run through Spring. If Visit Alexandria is smart, they will contact one of their own sons, Colonel Lang, to incorporate his knowledge of the place and period as well as the “Strike The Tent” trilogy into their celebration of the “Mercy Street” series. One of the characters in “Mercy Street” is Frank Stringfellow, a Confederate spy and scout who “is on a covert mission in Alexandria disguised as a dental assistant.”