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Charlotte Jenkins, Mary Phinney, and Samuel Diggs on 'Mercy Street.' (Courtesy of PBS/Erik Heinila)

Which 'Mercy Street' Character Are You?

Daniel Hautzinger

Now that the second season of Mercy Street is over, find out which character is most like you! Are you knowledgeable like Samuel or compassionate like Emma? Hardworking like Mary or mischievous like Hale?
Samuel Diggs and Charlotte Jenkins on Mercy Street. (Courtesy of PBS/Erik Heinila)

'Mercy Street' Recap: Season 2 Episode 6

Daniel Hautzinger

In the wake of the Battle of Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation, the lives of the characters of Mercy Street change drastically in this finale, as some undertake journeys and some decide to stay put.
Inside the set of Mansion House on "Mercy Street." (Courtesy of PBS)

All of Playlist's 'Mercy Street' Content

Daniel Hautzinger

During this week off from Mercy Street, before the finale of season two airs on Sunday, March 5 at 7:00 pm, catch up on everything we've posted about the gripping Civil War drama.
Jimmy Green plotting with the two Confederate henchmen. (Courtesy of PBS/Erik Heinila)

'Mercy Street' Recap: Season 2 Episode 5

Daniel Hautzinger

Some people exploit the suffering of the war for their own advantage, while others strive only to alleviate pain and end the conflict. Where do the denizens of Alexandria fall?
Gary Cole plays James Green, Sr. in PBS's 'Mercy Street.' (Courtesy of PBS/Erik Heinila)

From Storefront Theater to PBS Drama: Gary Cole

Daniel Hautzinger

Actor Gary Cole began his career in the small experimental theaters of Chicago, became famous for roles like the bureaucratic monster Bill Lumbergh, and now plays the patriarch of the Green family on Mercy Street.
Emma Green, Anne Hastings, and Mary Phinney of Mercy Street. (Courtesy of Erik Heinila/PBS and Antony Platt/PBS)

Enlarging the Historical Framework: Pamela D. Toler's Look at the Amazing Women of the Civil War

Daniel Hautzinger

The author of Heroines of Mercy Street discusses the determination and accomplishments of female Civil War nurses, the importance of writing about women in history, and her broad historical interests.
Chaplain Hopkins and Emma Green brave a battlefield to rescue wounded soldiers. (Courtesy of PBS/Erik Heinila)

'Mercy Street' Recap: Season 2 Episode 4

Daniel Hautzinger

Being a decent person in this war is dangerous. Being a woman just adds to the difficulty, but the women of Alexandria don't let that stop them from helping their side.
Actress AnnaSophia Robb (Alice Green) with Co-Creator and Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger. (Courtesy of PBS/Erik Heinila)

"The Great Force of History": An Interview with a Creator of 'Mercy Street'

Daniel Hautzinger

Lisa Q. Wolfinger, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of  Mercy Street, talks about the stories behind the series, the importance of history, and the difficulties of creating an elaborate period drama.
Hannah James as Emma Green. (PBS/Erik Heinila)

'Mercy Street' Recap: Season 2 Episode 3

Daniel Hautzinger

Changes of heart abound in this episode as characters are thrust into trying circumstances and witness events that cause them to begin to question their loyalties. 
Major McBurney is rigidly insistent upon rules and regulations. (PBS/Erik Heinila)

'Mercy Street' Recap: Season 2 Episode 2

Daniel Hautzinger

The characters all take some decisive actions: Alice's rebel work embroils the entire Green family in a dire situation, and Jimmy takes charge; McBurney attempts to assert authority, but Jed stands up to him; Nurse Hastings sidles up to McBurney in order to gain more power in Mansion House; and Samuel makes a moral choice.
Alice Green, Jed Foster, and Jane Green. (PBS/Erik Heinila)

The Costumes of 'Mercy Street'

Daniel Hautzinger

The costumes on Mercy Street are fantastic, with impressive attention to historical detail. Huge hoop skirts, silk dresses, and wool suits all give the eye a break from the gore of the surgeries at Mansion House. 
Unidentified Black Soldier with Cannons. (Library of Congress)

African Americans in Chicago During the Civil War

Daniel Hautzinger

During the Civil War, many freed slaves moved to Chicago, swelling the black population from around 600 at the beginning of the decade to 3,691 in 1870. A black professional class began to emerge while new churches and communities were built. 
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nurse Mary Phinney. (PBS/Erik Heinila)

'Mercy Street' Recap: Season 2 Episode 1

Daniel Hautzinger

Following Lincoln's visit to Mansion House, the hospital is full of new intrigue. The staff work to save Bullen while Frank works to hide evidence of his involvement in an assassination attempt-and that evidence includes the steward. 
Charlotte Jenkins, Major McBurney, Lisette Beaufort, and Allan Pinkerton in Mercy Street. (Photos courtesy of PBS/Erik Heinila)

Meet the New Characters of 'Mercy Street'

Daniel Hautzinger

When Mercy Street returns Sunday, January 22 at 7:00 pm, several new characters will arrive at Mansion House. A former slave turned activist, a self-assured detective, a dashing French anatomy artist, and a rigid army officer all help to shake things up. 
Dave Kloke with his working replica of the Leviathan locomotive, which pulled Lincoln's funeral car on a tour from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois.

Lincoln's Funeral Train

Daniel Hautzinger

In advance of the premiere of the second season of PBS's original Civil War drama Mercy Street and of the airing of a documentary about Lincoln's assassination, revisit the story of a man who built a working replica of the funeral train that carried Lincoln's body from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. 
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