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In Much Need of Service: The Hospitals of First Manassas
July 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT| Pay-What-You-Please
The Battle of First Manassas on July 21, 1861, resulted in about 3,500 casualties in a span of less than 24 hours. This first major engagement of the Civil War, this significant event would reveal how unprepared the armies, both Union and Confederate, were to handle the wounded. After the battle ended, the horror of battle continued into numerous “hospitals” throughout the area, including the Pringle House Hospital, known today as Ben Lomond Historic Site. Join us to explore Ben Lomond and the various other hospitals established after the battle to learn about the state of medicine at the beginning of the war, about the soldiers who were treated, and the families whose homes were impacted by war.
Join us in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine for this evening presentation. This is a “pay-what-you-please” event. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
A native of Wisconsin, Paige Gibbons Backus graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation, and has a master’s degree in Applied History from George Mason University. She currently serves Prince William County as the Historic Site Manager at Ben Lomond Historic Site and Historic Lucasville School. Mrs. Backus has worked at several historic sites throughout Northern Virginia including Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Sully Historic Site, and Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.