Based on real events, MERCY STREET takes viewers
beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War
home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most
turbulent times in our nation's history.
Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, MERCY STREET
follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the
conflict; MARY PHINNEY, (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England
abolitionist, and EMMA GREEN, (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate
belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family's luxury
hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army
Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the
longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law,
Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers,
civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both
sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators and spies.
intersection of North and South within the confines of a small occupied
town creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic
and even hopeful — a cauldron within which these characters strive,
fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like
scoundrels. This series is not about battles and glory, it's about the
drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It's
a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes
we still struggle with today.
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