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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Civil War Medicine Lecture Series @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Aug 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
August 29 – Mr. Clarence Hickey – Fit for Service: Examining Recruits for Civil War Armies During the Civil War nearly three million Americans were enlisted in Union and Confederate Militaries. Each individual had be vetted for their fitness to serve, a process that could vary widely. Mr. Hickey will explain the process of enlisting and examining new recruits for the Civil War and why it was so important to thoroughly examine each new soldier.   The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office will host a free lecture series discussing the work of doctors and caregivers during the Civil War. Each...

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Peleg Bradford – One Man’s Story @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Sep 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
On Friday evening, Sept 4 the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will offer a special guided tour through its galleries after hours. Visitors will follow their guide through the museum’s galleries, meeting living history interpreters along the way, who will recount one soldier’s special story of life in Civil War. Guests will follow the odyssey of Private Peleg Bradford of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery, which suffered one of the highest casualty rates of any regiment in the Civil War. Tours will take place after the museum has closed to visitors for the day, giving attendees the chance to...

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Plein Aire Paint Out @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Sep 5 all-day
Plein Aire Paint Out @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
On Saturday, September 5, 2015 the Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host a Plein Aire Paint Out on the grounds of the Pry House. 20 plein aire painters will gather to paint the late summer scenery and historic landscape. Visitors to the Pry House will be able to see the painters at work and watch their art come to life. Show and Sale After a day of painting, artists will bring their work to the historic Pry Barn for a show and sale. Works will be judged and awards given. Visitors can peruse the day’s creations during the art...

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Civil War Talks @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Sep 5 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The NMCWM will host a free lecture by an expert on a topic of the Civil War at 2:00PM on the first Saturday of every month in 2015. Speakers and topics will vary. A complete schedule will be posted soon. Programs will take place in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room and are open to all visitors free of charge.
Sep 19 – Sep 20 all-day
Aftermath of Battle: 153rd Anniversary of Antietam @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
On Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 2015, The Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host several Civil War living history programs to commemorate the site’s role as a command post and medical center during the Battle of Antietam. Visitors can interact with costumed interpreters portraying officers and soldiers from the Union Army of the Potomac in 1862.   Members of the Blue and Gray Hospital Association, a Civil War medicine living history group based out of Pennsylvania, will be set up in the Pry Farm’s original threshing barn, which served as a Civil War field hospital. Surgeons, stewards, and...

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Dutch Oven Cook-Off @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Pry House will host a Dutch Oven Cook-Off, showcasing the historic and delicious art of dutch oven cooking. Teams or individuals can compete with their best dutch oven recipes and charcoal cooking techniques. Competitors will have four hours to prepare their entries before submitting them to a panel of judges who will select winners in a blind taste test. Registration is $25 per team/lone competitor. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Deadline for registration is September 11, 2015. This event is free to visitors, who can observe and talk with competitors at work during...

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Oct 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
At the outbreak of the Civil War, women moved into a wide variety of new vocations. Hundreds took on the unexpected role of spy. Whether Northern or Southern, rich or poor, black or white, these daring women defied cultural norms and risked their lives to aid their country and honor their beliefs and aspirations. Author and journalist Hilda Koontz will introduce many of the unsung heroines in this dangerous profession who took on extraordinary risks and changed history. ...

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8th Annual Letterman Award Dinner @ Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
8th Annual Letterman Award Dinner @ Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
The Letterman Award was established to celebrate MAJ Jonathan Letterman’s work as Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac. In honor of his visionary work, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine has established the annual Letterman Award to recognize an individual or entity that has made an outstanding contribution to improving medical processes and patient outcomes. This is a ticketed event that requires pre-registration.For more information, please contact Katie Reichard at letterman@civilwarmed.org or call 301-695-1864, ext. 1010
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm
The Twenty-Third Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine will be held October 9-11, 2015 in Frederick, MD. The Conference features lectures and scholarly research on topics relating to Civil War Medicine. This year the Conference will feature a tour of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and a hospital tour of downtown Frederick. We invite you to save the date, to attend and to submit proposals for lectures. For the first time, the 8th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award dinner will be held the same week and will be the official kick off of the 23rd Annual...

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Walt Whitman in Washington, DC @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Walt Whitman in Washington, DC @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
Washington, DC author, historian, and guide Garrett Peck will talk about his book, Walt Whitman in Washington, DC: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet. Already a famous American poet, Whitman arrived in Washington to find his brother, George, a Union officer wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Whitman eventually served as a volunteer “hospital missionary”, serving over 80,000 patients during over 600 hospital visits. Whitman became a fixture of Washington society, remaining until 1873 as a Federal clerk and literary icon. Mr. Peck’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
Hands-On History: Clara Barton Artifacts @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hands-On History: Clara Barton Artifacts @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine invites new and upgraded members to an exclusive, white-glove presentation featuring a treasure trove of Clara Barton artifacts. This is an unprecedented look into the life of Clara Barton. Explore her experience in Washington DC as the nation is torn apart by the Civil War. Members will don white gloves for a true historical hands-on experience. Hold a paint-brush used by Clara Barton. Read the same newspapers Barton read about horrific battles during the war. Get a close up look at the dozens of pairs of soldiers’ socks darned and repaired by her...

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Blood and Gore in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Oct 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Blood and Gore in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
October 29 and 30, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will be hosting its second annual Halloween program. Tours run at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 PM, with museum staff and living historians leading visitors through a tour of the war’s darker sideBattlefield medicine during the Civil War was a dangerous and filthy enterprise. Battles created tremendous amounts of horrific and hair-raising wounds. Minié balls cut down men by the score, shattering bone and leaving men riddled with lead. Artillery devastated the human body, carrying away limbs and leaving men crushed. Battle drove soldiers to their very limits and left...

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Blood and Gore in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Oct 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Blood and Gore in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
October 29 and 30, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will be hosting its second annual Halloween program. Tours run at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 PM, with museum staff and living historians leading visitors through a tour of the war’s darker sideBattlefield medicine during the Civil War was a dangerous and filthy enterprise. Battles created tremendous amounts of horrific and hair-raising wounds. Minié balls cut down men by the score, shattering bone and leaving men riddled with lead. Artillery devastated the human body, carrying away limbs and leaving men crushed. Battle drove soldiers to their very limits and left...

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Plein Air Gallery Showcase – Pry House @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm
Plein Air Gallery Showcase - Pry House @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine presents a Gallery Showcase from our First Annual Plein Air at Pry House event. The artists who attended the Plein Air Paint Out from September 2015 will be displaying their original paintings to the public November 2 through November 28 in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room. For November’s Downtown Partnership First Saturday, Holiday Open House, we welcome the public to view this spectacular showcase of plein air paintings from our site at Antietam National Battlefield. The Gallery Showcase will be open during normal museum hours as well: Mon-Sat 10-5 and Sun 11-5 All paintings...

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Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sesquicentennial Ale - Beer Launch  @ Brewer's Alley
Join the National Museum and Civil War Medicine and Brewer’s Alley as we inaugurate the last beer in the 150th Civil War Beer Series — Sesquicentennial Ale. From 4-6 PM, enjoy the latest brew and listen as the stories behind the Civil War inspired recipes come to life. The Sesquicentennial Series of Beers is a joint project between the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Monocacy BrewingCompany. The limited edition series of beers were inspired by actual Civil War recipes researched and gathered by the NMCWM Research Department and staff. The recipes were provided to master...

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Civil War Talk – Chemical Warfare in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Nov 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Civil War Talk - Chemical Warfare in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Dr. Guy R. Hasegawa will speak about chemical warfare in the Civil War. Dr. Hasegawa is a renowned expert on Civil War medicine. He recently published his third book on the topic, Villainous Compounds: Chemical Weapons and the American Civil War. The NMCWM will host a free lecture by an expert on a topic of the Civil War at 2:30PM on the first Saturday of every month in 2015. Speakers and topics will vary. A complete schedule will be posted soon. Programs will take place in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room and are open to all visitors free of charge.
Delaplaine-Randall Room Re-dedication and 2016 Sneak-Peak @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine invites you to celebrate the remodel and upgrade of our Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room on December 3, 2015 at 4 pm. With help the help of a Tourism Council of Frederick County TRIPP Grant and the G. Frank Thomas Foundation, NMCWM was able to renovate the room, adding enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities, a big screen monitor, a new audio system with wireless microphones, and a ceiling-mounted projector. Also included in the upgrade were a new speaker’s podium and a camera with connections to the Internet, giving us the ability to stream our programs live on...

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Museums by Candlelight @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Museums by Candlelight @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
The NMCWM is one of a dozen historical and cultural venues participating in this holiday celebration. The Museum has extended hours and is open to the public for free. Living historians will be on-site portraying surgeons of the Union and Confederate Armies, talking about their life-saving work in the Civil War. Docents will be on hand to talk with visitors throughout the galleries and live musicians will be playing period Christmas and other Civil War Era tunes, Children can make 19th century crafts to take home and we may even have a visit from our Civil War Santa Claus!
One Vast Hospital: Frederick’s Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jan 16 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
National Museum of Civil War Medicine Research Director Terry Reimer will reveal the secrets behind Frederick’s use as a hospital during the aftermath of the 1862 Maryland Campaign. With 23,000 casualties, the Battle of Antietam is still the deadliest day in American history. More than 10,000 of those wounded and sick men found their way to Frederick to fill the city’s churches, schools, civic buildings, and private homes. Reimer’s research on the city’s hospitals was compiled in her 2001 book, One Vast Hospital. The talk will be presented in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room at the National Museum of Civil War...

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Mercy Street Viewing Party @ Frederick Visitors Center
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine at the Frederick Visitor Center as we watch the first episode of the new PBS drama Mercy Street on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7 PM. Staff from the Museum will give our analysis of the episode and answer your questions. Did they really do that? Do they still do that? Join us and find out. Mercy Street is the first drama produced by PBS in more than a decade. Set in a Union Army hospital in occupied Alexandria, Virginia, Mercy Street blends history with a medical drama. Nurses and doctors battle...

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Mercy Street Viewing Party: Episode 2 @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine as we watch the second episode of the new PBS drama Mercy Street on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6 PM. Staff from the Museum will give our analysis of the episode and answer your questions. Did they really do that? Do they still do that? Join us and find out. Mercy Street is the first drama produced by PBS in more than a decade. Set in a Union Army hospital in occupied Alexandria, Virginia, Mercy Street blends history with a medical drama. Nurses and doctors battle disease and death while surrounded...

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Mercy Street Viewing Party @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine as we watch the latest episode of the new PBS drama Mercy Street! Staff from the Museum will give our analysis of the episode and answer your questions. Did they really do that? Do they still do that? Join us and find out. Mercy Street is the first drama produced by PBS in more than a decade. Set in a Union Army hospital in occupied Alexandria, Virginia, Mercy Street blends history with a medical drama. Nurses and doctors battle disease and death while surrounded by a war-time world that presents its...

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Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
3rd Annual History Lover's Dinner @ The Wine Kitchen
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is offering you a taste of history at the Wine Kitchen. This year’s History Lover’s Dinner is inspired by the healing aspects and qualities of food, and for good reason. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine recently acted as historical consultants on the new PBS drama Mercy Street. The Museum took these stories of healing and supplied them to Chef Jeff Beard. His inspiration led to a distinctive menu. Come share in a gastronomic experience that pairs stirring tales from the Civil War with historically-inspired dishes. This year’s program comes amid the...

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Mercy Street Viewing Party @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine as we watch the latest episode of the new PBS drama Mercy Street! Staff from the Museum will give our analysis of the episode and answer your questions. Did they really do that? Do they still do that? Join us and find out. Mercy Street is the first drama produced by PBS in more than a decade. Set in a Union Army hospital in occupied Alexandria, Virginia, Mercy Street blends history with a medical drama. Nurses and doctors battle disease and death while surrounded by a war-time world that presents its...

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Feb 12 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
"Civil War Medicine... It's not what you think!" -- Era of Heroic Medicine @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  What do you know about Civil War Medicine? NMCWM Board President Betsy Estilow will open a four-part lecture series titled “Civil War Medicine… It’s not what you think!” with a presentation on the Era of Heroic Medicine. On Friday, February 12 at 4:30 PM, there will be an opening reception in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room, followed by the presentation at 5:30 PM. This lecture series is FREE and open to the public. The presentation will be a great introduction for those seeking to learn more about the beginnings of Civil War Medicine and the era’s influence on the modern...

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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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