1. Jul
    Saturday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Civil War Talk

    Topic: Birth and Growth of Inscribed Quilts by Mavis Slawson

    Mavis Slawson, collector and textile historian, quilter and lecturer, shares examples and the history of American inscribed quilts.  The first inscribed, album, potholder and friendship quilts surfaced about 1830.  Signatures, patriotic slogans and notes of endearment are among the words written in ink or embroidered on these quilts.  Inscribed quilts were created to raise money for soldiers’ needs by both the North and South directly after the Civil War.  Women continued to create inscribed quilts through the last quarter of the nineteenth century to fund community and church projects, as fundraisers in the early days of the American Red Cross, and through WW1 to purchase personal items for convalescing soldiers.  Quilters are still creating inscribed quilts today for a variety of reasons, including the support of our wounded warriors.

    Second Saturday of the month lectures series, February–August 2013.  The program fee is included in the Museum admission fee.  Free to Museum members. Re-admittance to the Museum the day of talk is welcome.  For more information, call 301-695-1864, ext. 17.

  2. Jul
    Thursday: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Steve French will chronicle, Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign from his 2008 award winning book.  John Daniel Imboden, a native of Staunton, Virginia; taught school at the Virginia Institute for the Education of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind as well as practicing law in his home town before the war.  He originally served as captain of the Staunton Artillery from April 19, 1861 through the Battle of First Manassas where he was wounded.  He continued his military career by organizing a battalion of partisan rangers, the 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry.  Promoted to Brigadier General in January of 1863; he commanded 3,400 men through northwestern Virginia who laid waste to rail bridges and captured $100,000 worth of Federal animals and supplies.  His finest moment occurred during the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg; trapped by flooding waters on the Potomac River at Williamsport, Maryland; he successfully protected the wagon train and repulsed Union advances without significant loss.  Mr. French illustrates the tale of the harrowing retreat from Gettysburg through torrential rains, bad roads and Union Cavalry attacks with projected images of significant sites along the retreat taken before development altered the countryside.  Mr. French is the author of scores of Civil War related articles and book reviews for The Washington Times, Gettysburg Magazine, North & South Magazine among others He is a frequent guest lecturer throughout the lower Shenandoah Valley, Potomac Highlands and along the Confederate retreat route from Gettysburg. Delaplaine Room doors open at 7:00pm.  The one hour lecture starts at 7:30pm. First come first serve, reservations are not accepted. 

    The Summer Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public! The doors open at 7:00pm and the lecture will begin at 7:30pm.

     For more information call 301-695-1864, ext. 17

  3. Jul
    Thursday: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    John W. Schildt, author of the popular book Roads to Gettysburg, will close the National Museum’s Fifth Annual Summer Lecture Series. The poetic speaker will speak on the rumble of wagons, the creaking of leather, the braying of donkeys; armies on the march, thirst and fatigue and then the downpours. He’ll speak on the epic marches of the blue and gray on the roads to Gettysburg from the banks of the Rappahannock to the fields of Pennsylvania. For the Army of the Potomac, all roads led through Frederick County as the men in blue traveled the roads to Gettysburg in June 1863. Mr. Schildt is a certified Antietam Battlefield Guide and frequent lecturer. His book, Roads to Gettysburg has been cited as one of the top ten Gettysburg books on several Civil War related websites and blogs.

  4. Jul
    Sunday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Join the NMCWM Director of Research, Terry Reimer for a meet and greet with author Eileen Conklin at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine on Sunday July, 28th 2013.Women at Gettysburg-1863 Revisited  tells the story of forty women who served on the field of Gettysburg and Sanitary Commission workers. State agents, laundresses, soldiers, and civilians represented states from Maine to Louisiana. Included are the three female recipients of the Kearny Cross.

    Women at Gettysburg Revisited is available in the Museum Dispensary Store.

  5. Aug
    Saturday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Preparing and Dispensing Civil War Prescriptions  Presented by Guy Hasegawa, Pharm.D.

    Civil War apothecaries often had to prepare medications from scratch rather than dispense pre-made formulations. Pharmacist and Civil War researcher Guy Hasegawa will describe how written prescriptions were interpreted and how apothecaries prepared, packaged, and dispensed medicines. The lecture will include a display of antique pharmaceutical implements and a demonstration of how pills and powder papers were prepared. There will also be a brief Q&A session and an opportunity for the presenter to sign copies of his books.

  6. Sep
    Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    The 17th Corps Field Hospital, of Illinois, and the Blue and Gray Hospital Association will recreate a surgical hospital in the Pry Barn. Living historians will provide interactive demonstrations of medical practices such as triage, battlefield surgery, and the preparation of medicine. Special presentations will occur hourly from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM or as requested and are appropriate for all ages. On Saturday evening, at 8:00pm, surgeons will conduct a candlelight surgery demonstration.

  7. Sep
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    The Sultana Tragedy of 1865

    Join the members of the Frederick County Roundtable for a presentation from Hilda Koontz on “The Sultana Tragedy of 1865.” The meetings and presentations are free and open to the public. They are held September through May on the third Thursday of the month. For more information on the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable please visit

  8. Sep
    Saturday: Sep 28 – Sep 29 (all day)

    Textile Weekend at Antietam National Battlefield

    Coats & Quilts, Soldiers & Civilians

    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine presents hands-on history program in the Dunker Church at Antietam National Battlefield. Staff and volunteers weave together stories of soldiers and civilians who fought and lived on Antietam Battlefield 150 years ago.  Join us for special presentations on quilts, dresses and clothing at 12:00 and 2:00 each day. The program features the 1873 Pry Memory Quilt – this original quilt was made and signed by friends and neighbors as a going-away gift when the Pry Family moved from the Antietam Battlefield to Tennessee.  Learn historic and modern quilting techniques.  Don’t miss this rare event.

  9. Oct
    Thursday: Oct 3 – Oct 6 (all day)

     Twenty-First Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine

    Philadelphia, PA

    Double Tree by Hilton, Philadelphia- Valley Forge


    301 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406, USA TEL: 1-610-337-1200



    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine has assembled an impressive panel of prominent historians, authors and medical professionals to speak on a wide variety of topics at this year’s Conference.  Philadelphia has long been considered the Birthplace of American Medicine and is the forever linked to some of Civil War medicine’s luminaries; both Union and Confederate. It is the perfect location to look at medical history in this, the mid-point in our commemoration of the Civil War’s


    If you wish to register for conference events separately please call 301-695-1864, Ext. 11 or e-mail, availability is limited. All conference fees and lectures-only fees include a $50 non-refundable booking fee.  We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations made after September 1, 2013.  Please note registration closes Friday, September 27, 2013 at 5:00pm

     Registration Fees*                                                                                                       


    All- Inclusive

    NMCWM Members$295

    General Adult                   $350

    À la carte   (Limited Availability)

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday Lectures  $235

    Friday Happy Hour at the Mütter Museum  $ 50

    Philadelphia Bus Tour          $ 50

    Saturday Dinner Guest         $ 60

    *Registration Fees increase September 15, 2013







    Conference Itinerary

    Pre- Conference Event: October 3, 2013 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    The Critical Importance of Volunteerism in Service to our Combat Wounded from the American Civil War to Present Day Conflicts presented by Gordon Donald

    Day I

    Conference Registration, Double Tree Ballroom: 9:00 am to 10:00 am

    A Day at the Mütter Museum

    Lecture Presentations:

    The Confederate Artificial Limbs Program presented by Guy Hasegawa, Pharm. D

    Cold Blooded Envenomations of 1864-65 presented by Mark Laubacher

    S. Weir Mitchell: Chance Favors the Prepared Mind (and what a mind!) presented by Michael Cohen, M.D.

    Turner’s Lane presented by Robert Hicks, Ph.D.

    Happy Hour at the Mütter Museum

    Day II

    Breakfast in the Ballroom

    Lecture Presentations:

    Horror, Killing, Thrill and Adrenaline Rush: The Psychological Kaleidoscope of Combat presented by Stephen Goldman, M.D., FAPM, DFAPA

    Lincoln’s First Responder, Dr. Charles Leale presented by Jon Willen, M.D.

    The Life and Times of Civil War Hospitals presented by Ira Spar, M.D.

    80 Acres for 121 Days presented by Phil Lechak


    Bus Tour of  Philadelphia

    Dinner in the Ballroom

    Day III

    Church Service

    Breakfast in the Ballroom

    Lecture Presentations:

    Dr. John Jay Terrell- Doctor to Man and Horse presented by Charles Driscoll, M.D.

    Let Us Turn Our Faces to the Past- Christopher Hamilton Tebault and Confederate Medicine presented by Alan West

    A Close Up Look at the Philadelphia Army Laboratory presented by Patrick Vance

    Closing Remarks











  10. Oct
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Gettysburg: The Events Leading up to July 1, 1863

    Join the members of the Frederick County Roundtable for a presentation on Gettysburg: The Events Leading up to July 1, 1863 from speaker Bill Hewitt, Gettysburg NMP. The meetings and presentations are free and open to the public. They are held September through May on the third Thursday of the month. For more information on the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable please visit

  11. Oct
    Thursday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



    October 24, 2013 

    6:00 pm

    Bethesda North Marriott

    5701 Marinelli Road in Bethesda, MD 20852

    Keynote Speaker Former Congressman Ben Jones


    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine established the annual Award to promote the legacy of Major Jonathan Letterman who is known as the ‘Father of Battlefield Medicine. Each year we recognize an individual or entity that has made an outstanding contribution to improving medical processes and patient outcomes. 


    This event will include a Pre-Reception with the honorees and Living Letterman for sponsors.

    Check-in and reception will begin at 6:00pm followed by dinner, the recognition of honorees and presentation of award.

    This is a ticketed event. Registrant’s tickets will be mailed for all purchases made prior to October 1, 2013. Advanced purchases will receive preferential seating.Registrations received after October 1, 2013 will be available at will call.







  12. Nov
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    The battle of Fredericksburg

    Join the members of the Frederick County Roundtable for a presentation on The battle of Fredericksburg from speaker Frank O’Reilly, historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania, NMP. The meetings and presentations are free and open to the public. They are held September through May on the third Thursday of the month. For more information on the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable please visit

  13. Nov
    Thursday: Nov 28 (all day)

    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine & its affiliate sites will be

    closed today, Thursday, November 28th, 2013 in observation on Thanksgiving.

    The Museum will be open on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 10:00am.

  14. Dec
    Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


    Before experiencing Antietam Battlefield’s annual Grand Illumination;  Visit the exhibits at Pry House and Thrashing Barn.  Walk the same halls as General McClellan and President Lincoln.  Experience the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam through the eyes of Civil War era living historians.Illumination gates open at 6pm at the entrance on Route 34. Pry Field Hospital closes for the season, today.

  15. Dec
    Saturday: Dec 14 (all day)

    The NMCWM is one of a dozen historic and cultural venues participating in this holiday celebration.  The Museum has extended hours and is open to the public for free.  Visit a Confederate Surgeon in the Camp Life Gallery, the holiday scene in the Pavilion Gallery, and the Santa Clause made popular during the war by Thomas Nast.  Create a greeting card for our wounded warriors and relax to period music, or join in singing carols that were sung during the Civil War.  Participating Historic sites located within the Federal period, historic district of Frederick and in the countryside of Frederick County.

  16. Dec
    Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Come and experience what Christmas was like during the time of the Civil War.  We will have speakers and handouts.  There will also be songs, decorations, and treats. 

    You can even have your photo taken with our very own Civil War Santa Claus. Fun for all ages!

  17. Dec
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans

    Join the members of the Frederick County Roundtable  for a presentation from local author Gary Dyson on Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans. The meetings and presentations are free and open to the public. They are held September through May on the third Thursday of the month. For more information on the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable please visit

  18. Dec
    Tuesday: Dec 24 – Dec 25 (all day)

    The Museum will be closed on Tuesday, December 24-25, 2013, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    The Museum will reopen on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10am

  19. Jan
    Wednesday: Jan 1 (all day)


    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine and its affiliate sites will be closed today, Wednesday, January 1st, 2014.

    Happy New Year!

  20. Jan
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Monocacy NB; The Sesquicentennial and Beyond

    Join the members of the Frederick County Roundtable and guest speaker Rich Slade,superintendent Monocacy NB, for a presentation on Monocacy NB; The Sesquicentennial and Beyond. The meetings and presentations are free and open to the public. They are held September through May on the third Thursday of the month. For more information on the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable please visit

  21. Jan
    Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


    This book sale will feature hard-to-find titles on Civil War medicine, the history of medicine, surgeons’ memoirs and biographies, comparative religion, the rise of the scientific study of nature, military medicine, and related topics.
    Members and Volunteers of the Museum will have an exclusive access to the sale before being open to the public! 
    The sale will be open to the public on Saturday, January 25 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. All proceeds directly benefit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. 


  22. Feb
    Saturday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine for its first Civil War Talk of the new year! Speaker Robert Slawson, MD, FACR, and author of Prologue to Change: African Americans in Medicine in the Civil War Era will discuss his publications. Civil War Talks are included in the price of admission and free to members.

  23. Feb
    Monday: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


    Do you love history?  Do you love food?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then join us for a night of Civil War love stories paired with exquisite food and libations.

    Start your Valentine week off right by joining us

    at 6 pm, Monday February 10th.


    The Wine Kitchen, on Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick has reserved the entire restaurant for this occasion.  This is a private event and will include love stories as told by Executive Director George Wunderlich.  Stories of passion, longing and loss.  Stories of food and drink.  Stories that will transport you back in time.  We have provided the Wine Kitchen with primary sourced tales of food, love and dining from the Civil War era.  Their chef and staff will create one of a kind interpretations of these stories for an historic and unforgettable dining experience.  Happy hour cash bar from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Dinner begins at 7:00 pm.

    Seating is limited to 60 guests, rsvp as soon as possible to

    The Wine Kitchen



    History Lover’s Dining Event Menu


    Amuse Bouche


    First Course

    Beef consomme / short ribs / potato / WK “hard tack”

    Paired with: Catoctin Creek Virginia Brandy Toddy


    Second Course

    Pork Belly / farmhouse ale and coffee marinade / pickled baby vegetables / red-eye gravy

    Paired with: Goose Island Pepe Nero Farmhouse Ale




    Roman Punch Granita


    Third Course

    Slow Roasted Poussin / navy bean cassoulet / cornbread / date puree

    Paired with: Louis Latour Pinot Noir, (Marsannay, Burgundy) 2011



    Gingerbread / parsnip-ginger ice cream / caramel / golden raisins

    Paired with: Orchid Cellars Mead


    A portion of the proceeds go to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

  24. Feb
    Saturday: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Come play with Toys and Games from the Past! The National Museum of Civil War Medicine in collaboration with the Dancing Bear Toy Store in downtown Frederick, Maryland will bring toys and games from the past to life for children ages 3-10.  Families will step back in time at the Bear as they visit with historic interpreters dressed in period clothing.  Explore more than 15 games and toys that have been enjoyed by children for generations. This event is free; registration is suggested. Please visit for more information and to register.
  25. Feb
    Tuesday: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Join Nat. Museum of Civil War Medicine staff member, Kyle Wichtendahl for a special presentation at the Edlersburg Branch of the Carroll County Public Library.  After the presentation be sure to check out the Library’s special exhibit – Civil War 150. This traveling exhibition was organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. The project, Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

  26. Feb
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for an evening lecture. Becky Oakes, our student speaker, a master’s degree candidate at West Virginia University, will present “’To Think of the Subject Unmans Me:’ An Exploration of Grief and Soldiering Through the Letters of Henry Livermore Abbott.” The meetings are free and open to the public, they occur on the third Thursday of the month. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at or visit
  27. Mar
    Saturday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Speakers Tracey McIntire and Dr. Audrey Scanlan-Teller will share the stories of over four hundred women who disguised themselves as men to serve heroically in Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Both presenters will be dressed in period clothing as Civil War female soldiers. Civil War Talks are free and open to the public.


  28. Mar
    Saturday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Living Historians Workshop 1

    The NMCWM will host its Third Annual Civil War Medicine Living Historians Workshop on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The workshop is an all-day symposium on the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to provide quality living history programs to the public, specifically focused on medicine during the Civil War. The event is a resource for experienced reenactors as well as those who are interested in joining the community of education through living history.

     This year’s workshop will take a particular focus on portraying and interpreting support groups that ministered the needs of soldiers, both temporal and spiritual, including military chaplains and the United States Christian Commission. While not directly medical, the work of these groups was so deeply interwoven with that of surgeons and nurses that the full story of Civil War medicine cannot be told without them.

    Click Here Register NowThe workshop will also cover the portrayal of military surgeons and personnel, including specialty impressions and creating special programs for public events.

    Sessions will be hosted by members of the Blue and Gray Hospital Association, as well as other veteran living historians and interpreters. Registration for the workshop is $60 for non-members of the Museum and $50 for members and active volunteers. The fee includes morning refreshments and lunch in the afternoon. For more information, contact Kyle Wichtendahl at or 301-695-1864, ext. 1013.


  29. Mar
    Tuesday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Journey Through Hallowed Ground
    Certified Tourism Ambassador Training
    March 18, 2014
    8:30am – 12:30pm
    $49 Registration fee includes pre read materials
    Sign up today at

    The Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program is a groundbreaking, nationwide certification program that serves to increase tourism by training and inspiring front-line hospitality employees and volunteers to work together to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) CTA Program goes well beyond basic customer service training; it:

    • Gives you the opportunity to build upon your knowledge of your community and the entire JTHG National Heritage Area;
    • Enhances your skills in serving customers;
    • Increases your awareness of information resources; and
    • Provides you with freebies & discounts to attractions, hotels & restaurants in the JTHG National Heritage Area

    For more information, contact Alyssa Poulin at  540.882.4929.  

  30. Mar
    Thursday: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    The March meeting of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable will NOT be taking place at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Instead, it will take place at Trunk Hall of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at 35 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD. This special program, entitled, “Monocacy: The Battle that Saved Washington: Life at Home, on the Battlefield, and Beyond,” will feature speakers from Monocacy National Battlefield and the Historical Society of Frederick County. The program begins at 7:00 PM and admission is free.
    The Frederick County Civil War Roundtable meets at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room. The meetings are free and open to the public; they occur on the third Thursday of the month. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at or visit