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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
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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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Drama | History

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TV-14

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puterea speranţei See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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The real Alice Green actually died a few weeks short of her 15th birthday in early 1860, over a year before the start of the Civil War. See more »

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Interesting characters
17 February 2016 | by tobin-geoSee all my reviews

This series is unique for presenting the ambivalence and contradictions of the Civil War Era. The protagonist nurse is a staunch abolitionist who is made to accept the need to also help Confederate wounded by a doctor who is loyal to the Union and thus a traitor to his slave- owning pro-Confederate Maryland family. Nevertheless he is unmoved by abolitionist sentiments--until he meets a free black Philadelphia man he admires.

The head of the Southern family that owns the hotel-turned hospital works to save his holdings and business interests while not betraying his Southern loyalties. He opposes efforts by Union soldiers to enforce claims to return runaway slaves (seems unhistorical here set in 1862- -I thought the Union stopped returning "contraband" in 1861.)

The African-American characters debate the merits of freedom versus the security of slavery or of employment not much removed from slavery.

In short, the moral certainties of hindsight are removed and the characters must struggle in their contemporary context. I do enjoy that.

Some casting choices were surprising but they all work.


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