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Convalescent Hospital at West Baden Springs Hotel, October 24, 1918

By Charles Bretzman


During World War I the West Baden Springs Hotel in Orange County was leased by the War Department. It was then used as a convalescent hospital for returning Indiana soldiers wounded during the war. Planning for this began in early October 1918 with Lieutenant Colonel R.W. Bliss in charge of the operation. His assistant was Captain E.T. Sellers, and they had a large staff of surgeons and nurses to care for the wounded during their recuperation. This view shows the interior of the hotel with the medical staff seated in the center of the atrium.The original nitrate negative was copied with funds provided by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 1990. This digital image was created from that copy. The copy prints and negatives are stored in Microfiche Number order. Interpositives are stored in PAN number order

Topics: Group portraits; West Baden Springs Hotel (West Baden, Ind.); Hospitals; Hotels; Physicians; Nurses; United States. Army; World War, 1914-1918
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1910
OAI identifier: oai:images.indianahistory.org:dc013/416
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