Every time the blaring sirens of an ambulance rush to the scene of an emergency, we’re thankful for the work of Civil War Major Jonathan Letterman and his significant contributions to modern day medicine. His vision and leadership brought ambulances under the direction of the military, providing faster evacuation after the battle and increasing chances of survival.
With your help, The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is poised to complete the purchase of its own reproduction of a Rucker Ambulance Wagon, the same model that would have been under Letterman’s command. For our annual appeal, we are in trying to raise $12,500 to make this dream a reality.
The ambulance is currently on loan at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Antietam National Battlefield. Once purchased, the ambulance will be stripped and refinished. The ambulance will then embark on its journey around the country, sharing the legacy of Civil War medicine beyond the four walls of the museum with four wheels and a powerful story. As a crucial addition to our museum programming, the ambulance will travel accompanied by museum panels in order to create a deeper educational experience for audiences everywhere.
The ambulance has already ventured to several festivals and to Kennesaw National Battlefield in Georgia, expanding our reach to Civil War enthusiasts and novices alike.
Please consider making a year-end donation to this appeal. Your dollars will go directly to this project.