May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The First Year: Frederick in 1861 - First Saturday Walking Tour @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Discover the incredible true stories about the Civil War in Downtown Frederick on First Saturdays! Spring in Downtown Frederick comes with warm temperatures, flowers, and the anticipation of summer’s arrival. In 1861, however, citizens of Frederick feared the arrival of something entirely different: war. Follow historian and programming coordinator Jake Wynn as he leads visitors to explore the historical nooks and crannies of Downtown Frederick. As the country disintegrated into massive armed combat in 1861, the citizens of Frederick, Maryland joined their respective causes: some for Union, others for the Confederacy. While young men took up arms and marched to...

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Frederick County Civil War Roundtable @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for a presentation relating to the American Civil War. The meetings are free and open to the public, they occur on the third Thursday of the month in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room at the NMCWM. For more information, contact Jack Sheriff at or 301-371-4148, or visit their website at
Letterman Lecture: Patient Extraction from the Battlefield @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
May 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join Dr. Gary Gilbert and Don Choate as they utilize their years of experience in military medicine and battlefield evacuation to tell of the evolution of removing patients from the battlefield. From the time of Major Jonathan Letterman’s implementation of organized evacuation from the battlefields of 1862 to today, valuable lessons have been learned about how best to remove the wounded and the sick from combat zones.
Picnic at Pry – Amputations and the Civil War @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Picnic at Pry - Amputations and the Civil War  @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
  When you think of Civil War Medicine, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Amputations? Join us on Saturday May 28, 2016 for a presentation exploring this infamous aspect of Civil War Medicine. Long-time volunteer Dr. Robert Slawson will present about the war’s most common surgical operation and the life-saving role it played during the conflict. It is estimated that as many as 60,000 amputations occurred during the Civil War. Many of them were performed in field hospitals near battlefields like Antietam. The Pry property housed one of these hospitals – surgeons here treated hundreds of wounded Union...

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Frederick's 'Mercy Street' - First Saturday Walking Tour
Dive into stories from Frederick’s Civil War hospitals on First Saturday The PBS drama Mercy Street showed us life in one Civil War hospital in occupied Alexandria, Virginia. But did you know that there were close to 30 hospitals in Frederick in 1862 taking care of wounded and sick soldiers? Join us for a First Saturday walking tour of historic Downtown Frederick that will emphasize the importance of the Civil War hospitals along Church Street where thousands of wounded soldiers were treated during the chaotic days after the battles of South Mountain and Antietam. Tour will meet at the National...

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In Search of Raisin Pitts – Young Historians Series @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  What can one oddly named Confederate soldier tell us about the Civil War? Musician and amateur historian Patrick McGuire has spent years tracking down all the information he can about a particular Southern soldier, whose name can be found on a tombstone at Mt. Olivet Cemetery’s Confederate Row. Hear Pat’s incredible and unending journey in search of the bizarre case of a peculiarly named soldier from Alabama: Raisin Pitts. The search has taken him from Frederick, to Antietam National Battlefield, and all the way to Alabama seeking information about the life, times, and the ultimate fate of Mr. Pitts....

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Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
'Spare Your Country's Flag': Unionist Sentiment in Frederick - Young Historians Series  @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
            Why did decisions made in Frederick during the Civil War have international importance? Public historian Megan McNish will present about the shifting loyalties of Frederick County during the Civil War. In the divided border state of Maryland, the political mood of Frederick impacted not only the direction of state politics, but of the entire Union itself. McNish will discuss the experience of Frederick residents and swinging pendulum of pro-Union and pro-Confederate sympathies during the war. How better to escape the heat of a Maryland summer than to sit back and enjoy a talk from...

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Jul 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Battle of Monocacy: In Their Words - Young Historians Series  @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
What do the soldiers who fought the “Battle that Saved Washington” tell us about their experience in Frederick on a hot day in July 1864? Blogger, historian, and author Ryan Quint will reveal first-person accounts of the Battle of Monocacy that took place on July 9, 1864, just three miles south of Downtown Frederick. While often relegated to a lower tier of Civil War engagements, the fight at Monocacy had monumental consequences upon the Civil War in the Eastern Theater. Come hear more about the collision of Jubal Early’s Confederates and Union forces under Lew Wallace along the banks...

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Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Army of Northern Virginia’s Medical Corps in the Maryland Campaign - Young Historians Series @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  How did the Confederate medical service perform at The Battle of Sharpsburg? Historian and Antietam Battlefield Guide Kevin Pawlak will examine the role of work of Medical Director Lafayette Guild and the Army of Northern Virginia’s medical corps during the 1862 Maryland Campaign. Pawlak will draw numerous parallels between the effectiveness and operating procedures between the Confederate and Union medical branches during this vital stage of the Civil War. How better to escape the heat of a Maryland summer than to sit back and enjoy a talk from up-and-coming Civil War historians. Join us at the National Museum of...

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God’s House Divided – Young Historians Series @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Aug 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Civil War divided Maryland. It also divided its churches. Recent Hood College graduate Samuel Lopez details the incredible stories of divided loyalties within Frederick County’s congregations before, during, and after the American Civil War. These conflicts within the region’s churches had a direct impact on the tales we’ve come to know about Frederick’s Civil War. How better to escape the heat of a Maryland summer than to sit back and enjoy a talk from up-and-coming Civil War historians? Join the National Museum of Civil War Medicine on Thursday evenings throughout the summer for unique Civil War Talks you won’t...

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The Barton Patient Rolls

Search through the patient list from Clara Barton’s records.

The Barton Rolls

Frederick Patients after the Battle of Antietam

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