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Mercy Street 

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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:
McKinley Belcher III ...  Samuel Diggs 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Suzanne Bertish ...  Hospital Matron Brannan / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Norbert Leo Butz ...  Dr. Byron Hale 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Gary Cole ...  James Green 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Hannah James ...  Emma Green 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Brad Koed Brad Koed ...  James Green Jr. / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Luke Macfarlane ...  Chaplain Hopkins 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Donna Murphy ...  Jane Green 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Josh Radnor ...  Dr. Jedediah Foster 12 episodes, 2016-2017
AnnaSophia Robb ...  Alice Green 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Tara Summers ...  Anne Hastings 12 episodes, 2016-2017
L. Scott Caldwell ...  Belinda 11 episodes, 2016-2017
Wade Williams ...  Silas Bullen 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ...  Mary Phinney 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Emily Marie Palmer ...  Sister Isabella 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Luray Cooper ...  Abel Melcher 8 episodes, 2016-2017
Jack Falahee ...  Frank Stringfellow 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Peter Gerety ...  Dr. Alfred Summers 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Jacob Dacus ...  Orderly Kendrick 7 episodes, 2016-2017
Shalita Grant ...  Aurelia Johnson 6 episodes, 2016
Patina Miller ...  Charlotte Jenkins 6 episodes, 2017
Bryce Pinkham ...  Clayton McBurney III 6 episodes, 2017
Kelly Badger Hofmann Kelly Badger Hofmann ...  Musician on Capital Steps / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Cameron Monaghan ...  Tom Fairfax 5 episodes, 2016
Russ Tiller ...  Banfield 5 episodes, 2016-2017
Brían F. O'Byrne ...  Allan Pinkerton 5 episodes, 2017
Paul D'Elia 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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Between war and peace, there is hope. (Season 1) See more »


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Release Date:

17 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Puterea speranţei See more »

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Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Frank Stringfellow became an Episcopal priest after the Civil War and became the first chaplain at Woodberry Forest School. The school was founded by Frank's cousin Captain Robert Stringfellow Walker who served in the Confederate Army under Colonel John S. Mosby. His great grandson Frank Stringfellow is a professor of English at the University of Miami and is a graduate of Woodberry Forest. See more »


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Educational and Entertaining
25 January 2016 | by drjgardnerSee 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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