Mercy Street Cast Sheds Light on Civil War

February 2016

February 2016

The star-studded Mercy Street cast gives viewers yet another reason for tuning in Sunday evenings. Arresting dialogue, vivid scenes and elaborate hoop skirts abound in PBS’s newest drama. Gone With the Wind fans, rejoice. 

Mercy Street goes beyond the front lines of the Civil War. Ridley Scott’s (The Martian, Thelma and Louise, Blade Runner) production follows characters at Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. Memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at the hospital inspired the series.

The Mercy Street cast intrigues and educates viewers all at once. Gary Cole (Veep, Archer), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Returned), AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries), Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder) and Hannah James (Winding Lane) are just a few actors transformed into 19th Century personas.

Mercy Street cast

Jed Foster, Josh Radnor

Mercy Street cast

Emma Green, Hannah James

Radnor plays a doctor treating patients within Mansion House Hospital, owned by local businessman James Green (Cole). Green’s daughters, Alice and Emma (Robb and James), learn to live with wounded soldiers. They must also adjust to newcomers like Mary (Winstead), an abolitionist nurse from the North. 

PBS says writers and producers collaborated with historians and medical experts when creating the show. They include James M. McPherson (Battle Cry Of Freedom: The Civil War Era), Dr. Stanley Burns (medical advisor to the HBO/Cinemax series The Knick) and Jane Schultz (Women At The Front: Hospital Workers In Civil War America).

Mercy Street is PBS’s first original American drama in more than a decade. Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife fans will enjoy the series, finding solace in exciting drama amplified by the Mercy Street cast.

See what critics are saying about Mercy Street:



For aficionados of period pieces and 19th century history, Mercy Street offers a number of enticements.


A rich depiction of the dramatic social and cultural shifts taking place across antebellum America.

Entertainment Weekly

With a ridiculous amount of notable actors in the series, the cast of Mercy Street will easily have you intrigued to keep watching.


The program’s January 17 premiere attracted 3.3 million viewers, according to official Nielsen data commissioned by PBS. The six-episode series airs Sundays at 10/9c. View full episodes and discover more about the program on

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