Civil War Medicine Conference


Twenty-Third Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine

October 9-11, 2015

Frederick, MD


“One of the best conferences that I have ever attended.  Well-organized, well-run

and effective.  This was a very worthwhile conference that reflects positively

upon the museum and its personnel.  Thank you for a wonderful experience.”

2012 Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine Attendee


Come join us!


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, a hospital tour of downtown Frederick, a social time with heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a dinner. 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 Conference on Civil War Medicine on October 8, 2015. It will give attendees of the Conference an opportunity to attend this very special dinner which honors those who toil endlessly to advance modern medical care and conditions for our fighting troops, wounded warriors and civilian population. One organization and one individual will receive the Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award, in recognition of keeping the spirit of Major Jonathan Letterman alive.

The Twenty-Third Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine will now be held on October 9-11, 2015, and the Eighth Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award dinner will be held on October 8th, 2015, at 6:00 pm at the Bethesda North Marriott.



Location:  Frederick, MD


Civil War Medicine…it’s not what you think!


Come learn the facts at the Twenty-third Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11, 2015, in Frederick, MD. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine has assembled an impressive panel of prominent historians, authors, and medical professionals speaking on a wide variety of topics relating to Civil War medicine. 

            Highlights of the conference include seven unique lectures all three days, a Saturday tour of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and a bus tour of the hospital sites in Frederick, MD.

            Conference attire is casual.


Conference Lecture Schedule


Friday, October 9, 8:00 a.m. -6:30 p.m.
(At the Conference Hotel)

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.:      Registration/Information Desk Open/Vendors Open

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.:       Welcome Remarks

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.:        Malaria, Scourge of the Civil War and Today.
                                Peter J. Weina, PhD, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Colonel, Medical Corps, USA

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.:         Dr. Francis P. Porcher: Herbalist for the CSA. Herbs used then and Now
                                Yusuf M. Saleeby, MD

11: 30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:        Lunch (At the Hotel)

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.:         Development of Medical Purveyors in the United States Army
                                 Mavis Slawson, RN

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.:          The History of Medical Packs
                                 AFMOA Medical Logistics Division

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:         15 min. break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.:         Panel on Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.:         30 min. break

4:30 p.m.:                      Heavy hors d’oeuvres at the Hotel

Saturday, October 10, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
(At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine)

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.:         Transport to the Lutheran Church for tour, the walk to the Medical Museum

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. :         “We labor under many disadvantages”: The Army of Northern Virginia’s Medical Corps in the Maryland Campaign
                                   Kevin R. Pawlak

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:           Medicinal Alcohol in the Civil War
                                   Guy R. Hasegawa, Pharm.D.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.:           Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:           1st Section of Tour

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.:           2nd Section of Tour

4:30 p.m.:                       Gather at the Medical Museum

5:00 p.m.:                      Dinner at Brewers Alley

Sunday, October 11, 7:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
(At the Conference Hotel)

8:00 a.m.:                      Vendors Open

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:          A Pile of Limbs
                                   Robert Slawson, MD, FACR

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.:          Canadian Surgeons and Nurses in the Civil War
                                   Roderick M. Holloway, B.A.(Hons.) B.Ed., M.Ed., LLB

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.:            Break No Food

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:            Frederick Law Olmsted and the USSC: “Let us off jacket and go about it.”
                                   Charles E. Driscoll, MD

12:20 p.m.:                       Farewell/Vendors Close/ Turn in Evaluation Sheets


Official Conference Hotel Information

Hampton Inn & Suites Frederick-Fort Detrick

1565 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
United States

When reserving a room, use the code “CWM” so that they know you are with the conference. You may call
directly at (301)696-1565, (800)Hampton or book at

Rooms Rates
1 King Bed @ $ 139.00
2 Queen Beds @ $ 139.00
Studio Suite @ $ 159.00


Photos from the 2012 Civil War Medicine Conference


2012 Conference George entertains in the barn

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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.