Letterman Lecture: Combat Casualty Care, Then and Now @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
May 15 @ 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. Combat Casualty Care, then and now. Col Todd Rasmussen, Director of the US Combat Casualty Care Research Program,...

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May Lecture: The War on Our Doorsteps @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
May 16 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Bob Kozak – The War on Our Doorsteps: Photographing America’s War Dead The Civil War marked many firsts in American history, including the first time that photography was used to document war in the field. While it was too slow to capture the action of combat, wet-plate photography captured the images of its terrible toll, including the twisted and agonized forms of dead soldiers of the battlefield. Robert Kozak will explain the novel impact of the Civil War’s photographs of the dead and its influence of Americans’ perceptions of war. He will also explain how the Civil War’s photography began...

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Confederate Living History Day @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The museum hosts its annual Confederate Living History Day, highlighting the Southern side of Civil War medicine. The Blue and Gray Hospital Association will be on hand in period dress conducting living history for the Confederate medical service. Living historians will also be on hand to portray the common soldier and discuss the uniforms, weapons, food, and daily life for Confederate soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia. Events are free with museum admission.
May 23 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
As the Civil War Specialist for the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress, Michelle Krowel will detail the diverse projects and events which the Library of Congress has undertaken in the last four years to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. She will talk specifically about the library’s recent digitization of the Clara Barton Papers, explaining what they contain, as well as other resources available through the Library Congress about Clara Barton and the Civil War.
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Doug Ullman – The Civil War Trust and Battlefield Preservation For over 20 years, the Civil War Trust has been the nation’s leading organization for the preservation of the American Civil War’s tangible heritage. To date, it has preserved over 40,000 acres of battlefield land and has also become a leading resource for educational content and programming about the war. In 2014 it expanded its preservation mission to encompass sites of significance to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Doug Ullman, of the Civil War Trust, will speak on the importance of the organization’s mission to preserve and...

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Jun 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Michael Schaffner will speaking on a crucial, but unsung aspect of the Civil War: military administration and logistics. The Civil War enlisted the services of 3 million soldiers in Northern and Southern militaries over four years. Mr. Schaffner will explain how the Union and Confederacy paid, equipped, and fed these forces using only the technology of the time. Audiences will learn what it originally meant to “cut through the red tape,” and how detailed record-keeping was a vital part of every level of the Civil War Military. The NMCWM will host a free lecture by an expert on a topic...

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Dog Day at Pry @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon with your four-legged friend at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum. You and your dog will have the opportunity to wander the grounds, visit the Pry Barn, and make new friends. Dog Day provides the perfect opportunity for families to hike the Antietam National Battlefield. Visitors will learn about the hundreds of animal mascots during the Civil War and the importance they had on soldier morale, with special focus on Captain Warner von Bachelle, who fought at the Battle of Antietam with his beloved Newfoundland. Join us for a dog-gone good time! There will be water stations...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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!

Frederick Patients after the Battle of Antietam

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



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