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 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 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.

For more information on the Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine, contact Thomas Frezza at or call 301-695-1864 (ex. 1011) or Katie Reichard at , or call 301-695-1864 (ex. 1010).


Location:  Frederick, MDCivil War Museum, Clara Barton Museum, Civil War Beer


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)

0800-0900:      Registration/Information Desk Open/Vendors Open

0900-0915:       Welcome Remarks

0915-1015:        Malaria, Scourge of the Civil War and Today.
                                Peter J. Weina, PhD, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Colonel, Medical Corps, USA

1015-1115:         Dr. Francis P. Porcher: Herbalist for the CSA. Herbs used then and Now
                                Yusuf M. Saleeby, MD

1130-1230:        Lunch (At the Hotel)

1245-1345:         Development of Medical Purveyors in the United States Army
                                 Mavis Slawson, RN

1345-1445:          The History of Medical Packs
                                 AFMOA Medical Logistics Division

1445-1500:         15 min. break

1500-1600:         Panel on Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office

1600-1630:         30 min. break

1630:                      Dinner (Banquet at the Hotel)

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

0800-0930:         Transport to Church, the walk to the Medical Museum

0930-1030:         “We labor under many disadvantages”: The Army of Northern Virginia’s Medical Corps in the Maryland Campaign
                                   Kevin R. Pawlak

1030-1130:           Medicinal Alcohol in the Civil War
                                   Guy R. Hasegawa, Pharm.D.

1130-1330:           Lunch on your own

1330-1500:           1st Section of Tour

1500-1630:           2nd Section of Tour

1630:                       Gather at the Medical Museum

1700:                      Dinner at Brewers Alley

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

0730:                      Church Service

0800:                      Vendors Open

0900-1000:          A Pile of Limbs
                                   Robert Slawson, MD, FACR

1000-1100:          Canadian Surgeons and Nurses in the Civil War
                                   Roderick M. Holloway, B.A.(Hons.) B.Ed., M.Ed., LLB

1100-1115:            Break No Food

1115-1215:            Frederick Law Olmsted and the USSC: “Let us off jacket and go about it.”
                                   Charles E. Driscoll, MD

1220:                       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.