June Lectures at the CBMSO: Mending Broken Soldiers @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Jun 6 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Guy R. Hasegawa, Pharm. D., is Senior Editor of the American Journal of Heath Systems Pharmacy, a member of the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and respected author and scholar of Civil War and medical history. His program, Mending Broken Soldiers, will discuss the artificial limbs of the Civil War era. With some 50,000 Civil War veterans suffering amputations or other disfigurements, the demand was high for the development of artificial limbs and other prosthetic devices. Dr. Hasegawa will discuss the surprisingly sophisticated devices that were available in the Civil War era and how...

Read More »
Jun 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Robert Hartman, an expert of the history and culture of American flags, will give a program on the U.S. Flag in history. The program will highlight how both the appearance and usage of the national flag have changed throughout history, including during the Civil War. Mr. Hartman has collected nearly a thousand reproduction and original flags, some of which he will incorporate into the presentation. The program will take place in Room 9 of the Missing SOldiers Office and is open to all visitors free of charge.
Letterman Lecture: First Aid (Field Kits) Then and Now @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jun 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine invites you to attend our Letterman Lecture Series. The lectures in this series will be given by those who have been honored or nominated to receive the Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award. The nominees and honorees are those whose work will have long lasting impact on the direction of medicine in the future. A question and answer period will be offered after each presentation. Museum exhibits will also remain open after the programs. First Aid (Field Kits) then and now The Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Medical Logistics Division, provides the...

Read More »
Jun 13 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Award-winning author and historian Bob O’Connor will speak on the remarkable story of Catesby, the former Jefferson County, WV slave who became the first African-American teacher at Harper’s Ferry’s Storer College. A skilled blacksmith, Catesby was born into slavery, captured by John Brown, served in the Union Army, and survived incarceration at the infamous Andersonville Prison. He lived an incredibly successful post-war life and was a champion of black education and the advancement of former slaves.
2015 Early American Banjo Conference @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 3:00 pm
2015 Early American Banjo Conference @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
2015 Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (AEBG-VIII) At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s Pry House Field Hospital Museum On Antietam National Battlefield June 20-21, 2015 The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is proud to present the Eighth Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (AEBG-VII), the premier event for enthusiasts and scholars of the 19th-century banjo music and culture. The conference raises awareness of the early banjo’s significance in the development of American popular culture and underscores music’s importance in the lives of Civil War Americans. The event is a unique forum for both experts and novices to meet...

Read More »
June Lectures at the CBMSO: The Emotional Toll @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Jun 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Author and historian R. Gregory Lande, DO, a local doctor working for the US Military, will present an historical talk on his research on the emotional consequences of soldiers serving in the Civil War. Though it was little understood or appreciated 150 years ago, there is little doubt that veterans of the Civil War experienced the same psychological trauma now recognized and treated among today’s combat veterans. Facing severe social stigma and clinical ignorance, veterans of the 19th century had few support options. Dr. Lande will explain what his extensive research reveals about the emotional toll on Civil War Veterans
Public Concert: Antietam Early Banjo Gathering @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Jun 20 @ 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Public Concert: Antietam Early Banjo Gathering @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
As part of its annual Antietam Early American Banjo Gathering, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host a public concert on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. in its original 1840s threshing barn. The concert will feature nationally renowned musicians of the 19th century minstrel banjo from across the country. It is a rare opportunity to hear a very unique style of American music, once greatly popular during the American Civil War, but seldom heard today.   Most Americans rightfully associate the banjo with bluegrass and old-time music. However, the early banjo has a unique sound, appearance, and...

Read More »
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cigar and Whiskey Night
2015 Cigar and Whiskey Night 4th Annual Cigar and Whiskey Night Saturday, June 20, 2015 Share in an authentic Civil War experience — smoking cigars and sipping whiskey. National Museum of Civil War Medicine Executive Director George Wunderlich will bring his knowledge, his storytelling talents and his banjo. George will personally pick the cigars for the evening, drawing on his vast experience as a cigar aficionado. Lyon Distilling Co. and Virginia Sweetwater Distillery will provide tastings and samples of whiskey, rum and moonshine. Expect generous rounds of a signature drink. Sustenance will be catered by the Wine Kitchen. Please contact...

Read More »
Jun 27 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Psychiatrist and military historian, Stephen A. Goldman, M.D., is a retired official with the US FDA and adjunct faculty member of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He will draw upon his own clinical work and original research at the Library of Congress and National Archives to discuss the experience of combat and its lifelong impact on veterans. By examining how a representative group of wounded Union veterans fought, killed, survived and later fared as civilians, we can gain insight into a leading issue of our time.
Summer Lecture Series – The Sultana Disaster @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Writer and journalist Hilda Koontz will recount the tragic loss of the Mississippi River steamship Sultana on April 27, 1865. At the end of the Civil War, the ship was carrying hundreds of former Union prisoners of war north toward home when it exploded, killing over 1,800 passengers. Attendees will learn about heroic actions of men who travelled aboard the Sultana during its final voyage and can decide for themselves if the deadliest maritime disaster in American history was a case of greed or simple incompetence The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical...

Read More »
Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly said that an army marches on its stomachand this remark proved very true during the Civil War. Feeding hundreds of thousands of men was one of the greatest logistical challenges for both sides during four years of war. Learn what the rank and file of Civil War armies ate while on campaign and how soldiers might keep and prepare their food in the field. The monotony of army food was not only boring; it was seriously detrimental to one’s health, leading many soldiers to creatively supplement modest government-issued rations. This presentation will take place in the C....

Read More »
Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
NMCWM Executive Director, George Wunderlich will reach into the rich resources of Federal Government’s Civil War Pension Records to tell the story of life for Civil War veterans and their families. He will recounts incidents both humorous and poignant that reveal the medical legacy of soldiers who had bourn the burden of war. The talk will explain how the United States, and later former Confederate state governments, reimbursed its wounded warriors and how the process evolved over subsequent decades. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical expert on a subject of the Civil...

Read More »
Civil War Talk – Pavilion Hospital System @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jul 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Prior to the Civil War the American government and civilian communities lacked hospitals as we know it. With the outbreak of fighting both Union and Confederate governments needed to create hospitals that could care for hundreds of thousands of grievously wounded and critically ill soldiers. Dr. John Rathgeb, a retired orthopedic surgeon and authority on Civil War medicine, will discuss the pavilion-style hospital as a model for military hospitals on both sides. Dr. Rathgeb will explain the construction, organization, and operation of the pavilion hospitals which dramatically improved patient care and comfort. The NMCWM will host a free lecture by...

Read More »
The Civil War in Washington Lecture Series @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Jul 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, a satellite of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, is pleased to announce two free lectures about Washington, DC and the Civil War. On Saturdays, July 11 and 18, 2015, the museum will host an historical lecture presented by a respected expert in Civil War history. These afternoon programs are entirely free to the public and provide special insight into an important aspect of the Civil War. They will be of interest to both serious scholars and casual enthusiasts of Civil War history. Carolyn Ivanoff – The Creation of Arlington National Cemetery Today...

Read More »
Kids’ Early Photography Workshop @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kids' Early Photography Workshop @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host a special hands-on workshop for children to learn about and use early photographic techniques. The American Civil War was the first war to be photographed, using the wet-plate collodion process. However, there were many other forms of photography that existed before the Civil War, and are still fun and simple for people of any age to use today.   This one day program will introduce children to several simple and fun forms of alternative process photography, including pinhole cameras, cyanotypes, anthotypes, and other techniques. Participants will learn...

Read More »
Civil War Influences on Today @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The American Civil War changed the landscape of our nation. From medical advancements to government programs, from a civil rights to social norms, the Civil War still influences our daily lives. Listen and learn as the National Museum of Civil War Medicine presents on effects of the Civil War. Presented by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, this is the second session in a three-part series. Best for ages 5+
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Although Maryland never seceded from the Union, the state’s loyalty remained divided and thousands of native Marylanders served in the armed forces of the Confederacy. In 1888 the old Federal Arsenal at Pikesville, Maryland was converted into the Confederate Soldiers Home, a residence for several hundred former Confederate soldiers. The home was administered by the Association of the Maryland Line and remained in operation until 1932. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical expert on a subject of the Civil War. A full schedule of presenters and topics will be available online in...

Read More »
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Clara Barton to the Rescue: Bringing Relief to the Wounded of Antietam @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
During America’s bloodiest day, the Battle of Antietam, Clara Barton was on hand to deliver emergency supplies and working tirelessly to help the wounded. Visit with living historians at the Pry House to learn about Barton’s experiences on the battlefield. Visitors can see the types of supplies that Barton took with her to the front and try their hand and some of the important tasks of Civil War nurses. The program will take place in the barn and around the grounds of the Pry House.
The Civil War in Washington Lecture Series @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Jul 18 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, a satellite of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, is pleased to announce two free lectures about Washington, DC and the Civil War. On Saturdays, July 11 and 18, 2015, the museum will host an historical lecture presented by a respected expert in Civil War history. These afternoon programs are entirely free to the public and provide special insight into an important aspect of the Civil War. They will be of interest to both serious scholars and casual enthusiasts of Civil War history. July 18 – Garrett Peck – Walt Whitman in Washington,...

Read More »
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Civil War soldiers suffered devastating casualties. Have you ever wondered who took care of them? This program explains and demonstrates medical practices of the time. Learn about Civil War ammunition and the types of wounds it cause. A costumed interpreter will also talk about casualties, how they were evacuated from their location and where they were treated. Also, learn about Dr. Jonathan Letterman and his revolutionary system of evacuation. Presented by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, this is the final session in a three-part series. Best for ages 5+ This presentation will take place in the C. Burr...

Read More »
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Do Hollywood movies tell a true story of medical practices in the Civil War? Dr. Gordon Dammann, founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will discuss six films and their impact on viewers’ impressions of medical practices of the time. The presentation will view excerpts of each film to analyze good and bad depictions and their relevance to the true story of medicine The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical expert on a subject of the Civil War. A full schedule of presenters and topics will be available online in 2015....

Read More »
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
“I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.” -Clara Barton Join Michael Mills, FAIA, and Anne Weber, FAIA–partners at Mills + Schnoering Architects (M+Sa)–as they discuss their firm’s stabilization and conservation work for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Anne and Michael will provide an overview of the challenges the design team faced to provide...

Read More »
Civil War Trivia @ Monocacy Crossing
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Civil War Trivia @ Monocacy Crossing
Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine for a Civil War Trivia Night hosted by Monocacy Crossing! Bring your friends, form a team and test your knowledge! All are invited to play. Registration starts at 6:00 and the game begins at 6:30 p.m.! Drinks and appetizer specials are available for Trivia players ONLY. There’s a reward for the winners! See you there!
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Every aspect of warfare was transformed during the 19th century, and military medicine was no exception. Dr. James Tent, professor emeritus of the University of Alabama, will examine American and European armies in different conflicts to illustrate how care and treatment of combat casualties was revolutionized during the century. Dr. Tent will especially highlight how medical innovations during the American Civil War became a model for militaries across the world and continue to inform combat medicine in the present day. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical expert on a subject of the...

Read More »
Signal Corps Weekend @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm
Living historians portraying members of the Union Army’s Signal Corps will be encamped at the Pry House throughout the weekend. Periodic demonstrations each day will showcase the equipment and operations of the Signal Corps during the Civil War. Visitors can try on uniforms and equipment and have a chance to send messages. There is not a fee for this program. A donation of $5 is suggested for visitors to the museum.
Civil War Medicine Lecture Series @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Aug 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
August 1 – Dr. Guy Hasegawa – Preparing and Dispensing Civil War Prescriptions During the Civil War disease was the greatest challenge for doctors on both sides of the conflict. Caregivers used a wide range of drugs and medicines to combat illnesses which were widespread in camps and armies. Dr. Hasegawa will detail how medicines were prescribed, compounded, and dispensed in Civil War armies and the highly skilled profession of the apothecary and pharmacist in the 19th century. The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office will host a free lecture series discussing the work of doctors and caregivers during the Civil...

Read More »
Aug 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
It is often said about the Civil War that “brothers fought against brothers” and in the case of Wesley and William Culp this is literally true. The two brothers enlisted in opposite sides of the war and found themselves fighting against each other several times, including at the Battle of Gettysburg. Their story is the inspiration for O’Connor’s book, A House Divided Against Itself, which is written in narrative style and based on the regimental records of the two regiments and 90 actual letters of actual instances in the war. The NMCWM will host a free lecture by an expert...

Read More »
Civil War Medicine Lecture Series @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Aug 8 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
August 8 – Betsy Estilow – Overlooked and Undervalued: The Role of African-Americands in Civil War Medicine African American women and men joined the war effort working at hospitals, on battlefields and with relief efforts in both the North and the South. Serving as surgeons, nurses, hospital attendants, cooks and laundresses with Union forces, they challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender. In the South hundreds of African American men and women, both free and enslaved, played crucial roles in medical service. Their stories serve as inspiration to future generations.   The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office will host...

Read More »
Civil War Medicine Lecture Series @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Aug 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
EVENT CANCELED August 15 – Dr. John Golski – Dentistry in the Civil War Though often overlooked, dental care was just as important to people during the Civil War as it is to modern Americans. John Golski, DDS will discuss the practices of dentistry during the Civil War Era and reveal how Civil War soldiers received oral care. Dr. Golski will also explain the treatment of oral and maxillofacial wounds during the war, and the great advances that were made in reconstructive and therapeutic treatments on both sides of the Civil War.   The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office will...

Read More »
Civil War Medicine Lecture Series @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Aug 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
August 22 – Dr. Jon Willen – Lincoln’s First Responder: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. Also in attendance that night was 23 year-old physician Charles Augustus Leale. Dr. Leale who was in charge of the commissioned officers ward at Armory Square Hospital had graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical School just six weeks earlier. Seated just forty feet from the president at the time of the shooting, he became Lincoln’s “First Responder.” Dr. Jon Willen will discuss the care rendered to Lincoln by Dr. Leale and others,...

Read More »

Frederick Patients after the Battle of Antietam

Search through our list below of patients that were treated in Frederick after the Battle of Antietam.



×