2024 Conference on Civil War Medicine at Antietam on May 3-5
The medical response to the bloodiest day in American history.
The 29th Conference on Civil War Medicine will be held May 3-5, 2024. Hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, it will be a weekend filled with exciting tours, programs, and experiences.
The event will feature a guided tour of Antietam National Battlefield led by Scott Woodard, military historian at the US Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage, US Army Medical Center of Excellence in Texas, and author of Combat Readiness Through Medicine at the Battle of Antietam.
Friday May 3 – The Conference begins with a reception at the Museum. Attendees will hear new NMCWM Director of Interpretation, Dana Shoaf speak on the Minie Ball and it’s effects. You will also have an opportunity to see Clara Barton’s Camp Stove along with the chance to do a tasting of Civil War inspired spirits, talk with the staff, explore the galleries, and hear exciting new updates on what’s next for the Museum.
Saturday May 4 – participants will journey back in time to witness critical moments in the battle where tactical decisions intersected with medical innovation. Meeting at the newly remodeled Visitor’s Center, we will orient ourselves to the terrain and follow the early morning’s fight at the Dunker Church, North Woods, and D.R. Miller’s Cornfield. Following the midday battle chronology, we will study the Mumma Farm and Sunken Road. After a trip to the Philip Pry House Field Hospital Museum for victuals (included with your fee), our refreshed entourage will journey to the scene of the afternoon clash at the Lower Bridge along the Antietam Creek. Our final destination will be a return to the Pry House Barn where we will bring together the story and legacy of the Army Major who changed the world.
Following the tour, we have arranged exclusive access to the Locust Springs Hospital site, the location of the largest hospital on the Union left and where many 9th Corps soldiers were treated. The wartime house and barn still stand on this private property but are rarely seen by Antietam visitors.
Sunday May 5 begins at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine with a lecture from Emilie Amt, author of the critically praised Black Antietam. She will bring to life the ordeal that community faced during the battle. The conferenceconcludes with a walking tour of downtown Frederick and a tour of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
Note there will be no bus provided for the Conference in an effort to keep ticket prices down. We will be encouraging and assisting in organizing carpools.
Scott C. Woodard is currently an Historian at the US Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage, Medical Center of Excellence and an Assistant Professor, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University having previously served in the US Army for over 24 years. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as the lead in an Embedded Training Team with the Afghan National Army. He holds a B.A. in History from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and an M.A. in Military Medical History from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. “Woody” is a certified Military Historian from the US Army Center of Military History. As a Department of the Army Civilian Historian, he deployed to Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Germany documenting and collecting Army medical history. He has presented at numerous academic symposiums, professional military programs, and published in peer-reviewed journals. His book, Combat Readiness through Medicine at the Battle of Antietam: The Human Face of Our Bloodiest Day, was published December 2022.
29th Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine
See below for the schedule
Friday, May 3, 2024:
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Registration @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, MD
Mingle with Hors d ‘Oeuvres and Drinks
5:15pm: Welcome & Introductions
David Price, Executive Director, NMCWM
Scott C. Woodard, Historian at the US Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage
5:45pm: Speaker, Dana Shoaf, NMCWM Director of Interpretation,
Bang! A New Spin on the Minie Ball – Did this Bullet Really Matter?
6:30pm: Artifacts on Display
7:30pm: Good Night
Saturday, May 4, 2024:
8:45am – 9:15am: Meet @ Antietam Visitor Center
Coffee & Pastries
9:15am: Opening Remarks
9:30am – 4:00pm: Scott Woodard, Antietam Battlefield Tour
Lunch at the Pry House Field Hospital Barn
5:00pm: Locust Springs Farm, 9th Corps Hospital
Drinks & Light Snacks
6:30pm: Good Night
Sunday, May 5, 2024:
9:00am: Welcome to NMCWM
9:30am: Emilie Amt, Lecture
Author, Black Antietam, Talk & Discussion
10:45am – 12:15pm: Walking Tour of Downtown with Scott Woodard
Saturday follow-up and Case Studies
12:30pm: Thank you, Goodbye.