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 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
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 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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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.
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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