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 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 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 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 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...

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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 – Pharmacy in the Civil War 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. Visitors will learn just how helpful or harmful drugs might have been in the Civil War era.   The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers...

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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...

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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
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 host a...

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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 Pain Out @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Sep 5 all-day
Plein Aire Pain 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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Historic Wet Plate Photography Workshop @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day
Historic Wet Plate Photography Workshop @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
    On Saturday and Sunday, October 3 – 4, 2015, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host an exclusive, hands-on class in historic wet plate photography. In this two-day workshop, students will learn the history, chemistry, techniques, and safety of the wet plate collodion process, the same photographic process that was used during the Civil War to capture famous and historic images. Participants will make tintypes and glass negatives, learn contact printing, hand-coloring, and more during the workshop. ...

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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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Children’s Weekend @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Children's Weekend @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
The Pry House will host a weekend of activities designed for children of all ages and their families. Visitors can try out toys and games from the Civil War Era, practice their penmanship, and make take home crafts, like rag-dolls and clay marbles. Programs take place in the Pry Farm’s 1840′s threshing barn. Event is rain or shine. There is no fee for Children’s Weekend, but a donation of $5 is suggested when visiting the museum.

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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