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Follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War - New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green.
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Series cast summary:
 Samuel Diggs (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Hospital Matron Brannan / ... (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Dr. Byron Hale (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 James Green (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Emma Green (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
Brad Koed ...
 James Green Jr. / ... (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Chaplain Hopkins (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Jane Green (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Dr. Jedediah Foster (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Alice Green (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Anne Hastings (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Belinda (11 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Silas Bullen (10 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Mary Phinney (10 episodes, 2016-2017)
Emily Marie Palmer ...
 Sister Isabella (10 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Abel Melcher (8 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Frank Stringfellow (7 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Dr. Alfred Summers (7 episodes, 2016-2017)
Jacob Dacus ...
 Orderly Kendrick (7 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Aurelia Johnson (6 episodes, 2016)
 Charlotte Jenkins (6 episodes, 2017)
 Clayton McBurney III (6 episodes, 2017)
Kelly Badger Hofmann ...
 Musician on Capital Steps / ... (6 episodes, 2017)
 Tom Fairfax (5 episodes, 2016)
 Banfield (5 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Allan Pinkerton (5 episodes, 2017)
Paul D'Elia ...
 Metcalf Thug / ... (5 episodes, 2016-2017)


Based on real events, Mercy Street takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a distinctive cast of characters - doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists - realizing the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital in the early years of the Civil War. Written by PBS

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Director Roxann Dawson also stared in and directed several episodes of Star Trek Enterprise. She has also directed many other successful TV shows See more »


Referenced in My Brother's Keeper (2017) See more »

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Educational and Entertaining
25 January 2016 | by (California) – See all my reviews

"Mercy Street" takes place at the start of the Civil War, in a Union Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, where a newly appointed "head nurse" must contend with multiple issues in her attempt to organize services. There are all sorts of problem she must confront – how to care for Confederate troops in a Union hospital, how to deal with slaves and freed Blacks, the rivalries between different types of nurses, the hierarchical relationship with Physicians, the influence of European medicine, etc.

The settings are marvelous as are the costumes. The acting is very good, especially from head nurse and ardent abolitionist Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Confederate volunteer Hannah James. TV Stalwarts Gary Cole, Peter Gerety, and Cherry Jones are on hand as well. At times modernism creep into the dialogue, as well as the mannerisms, but generally speaking it has an authentic mid 19th Century feel. There is also some failings in the accents which seem to range all over the place, even among family members.

The first two episodes manage to keep the soap opera elements at a minimum while showing us what it must have been like to be a part of the process. This show is entertaining while it is simultaneously educational. It won't appeal to everyone, but anyone interested in Medicine, or the Civil War, will find it compelling.

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