Civil War Medicine: The Complete Story
Discover the hilarity and heart-break of Civil War medicine by visiting all three of our sites–from personal stories of sacrifice, to tales of life-saving innovation on a grand scale.
Begin your day at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Antietam National Battlefield and discover what the reality of Civil War medicine. Visit a barn used as a field hospital during the bloodiest day of the American War. Between 400 and 700 soldiers were treated in the barn following the battle–for some it was the last site they would ever see. Then visit the adjacent Pry House, used as the headquarters for both General McClellan and Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac, Jonathan Letterman. Discover the leadership that led to such intense fighting, and the innovation that saved countless lives.
Then, follow the paths of wounded soldiers back to Frederick, Maryland where they would have recuperated (or not) in the cities 29 general hospitals which opened after the battles of South Mountain and Antietam. Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and discover the whole history of Civil War medicine and how it continues to impact and inspire medical leaders today.
Explore adorable downtown Frederick and have lunch in one of the cities award-winning eateries, before embarking on a short bus ride to our nation’s capital: Washington, DC.
In Washington, DC, visit the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Recently rediscovered, the boarding house rooms where Clara Barton lived and worked were her home base as she braved the battlefield as a first responder, the organized the search for over 60,000 missing Union soldiers.