May 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 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 20 @ 10:00 am – Jun 21 @ 5:00 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
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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Civil War Talks @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jul 4 @ 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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Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 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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Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 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.
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 Talks @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Aug 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Curator of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will give a talk one of the most interesting and controversial artifacts in the museum’s collection: a mummified human arm believed to be from the Battle of Antietam. She will discuss the known history of the arm, research and analysis, and current findings. Ms. Eggleston will talk about what can be learned from such a powerful object, but also the difficulties and ethical issues which confront a museum when working with or displaying human remains. The NMCWM will host a free lecture by an expert on a topic of the Civil...

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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 @ 10:00 am – Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm
The Pry House will host a Civil War medical living history program to commemorate the site’s role as a hospital during and after the Battle of Antietam. Members of the Blue and Gray Hospital Association will be stationed in the Pry Farm’s original threshing barn, which served as a Civil War field hospital. Surgeon’s stewards, and nurses will give hands-on , interactive demonstrations of a variety of medical practices, including triage, battlefield surgery, and the making of medicines. Displays will showcase a variety of tools and equipment used by medical officers at the Battle of Antietam and throughout the Civil...

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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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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.
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 April Dietrich at letterman@civilwarmed.org or call 301-695-1864, ext. 1009
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.
Civil War Talk-Chemical Warfare in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Nov 7 @ 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.
Dec 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.
Museums by Candlelight @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 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!

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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