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Islands of Mercy: Hospitals in the Maryland Campaign with Dr. Gordon Dammann
June 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT| FREE
COVID-19 and closures won’t stop us from sharing the incredible lessons we can learn from studying medical care during the Civil War!
Antietam Battlefield Guide and founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Dr. Gordon Dammann will present a pre-recorded presentation about his latest book Islands of Mercy: Hospitals in the Maryland Campaign September, 1862.
In the aftermath of the Maryland Campaign in September 1862 over 18,000 wounded soldiers were treated in hospitals spanning a thirty-mile area from Frederick, Maryland to Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia). Located in barns, churches and homes, more than 200 doctors treated the wounded from the slopes of South Mountain and along Antietam Creek. Explore the various sites that provided care to the wounded and suffering in the aftermath of the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam.
Dr. Gordon E. Dammann, D.D.S. is the founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, whose collection of medical artifacts from the Civil War forms the core of the Museum’s holdings. Dr. Dammann began collecting in 1971, and felt that a museum would be a good way to share his collection and the story of Civil War medicine with the public. Dammann is the author of the three-volume Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment, co-author of Images of Civil War Medicine—A Photographic History, and editor of the reprint Memoirs of Jonathan Letterman, MD Surgeon of U.S. Army 1861-1864.
Dammann, recently retired from his private dental practice in Lena, IL, and is active in several Civil War and historical societies. He is a licensed guide at Antietam National Battlefield and has participated in Civil War programs throughout the United States, including West Point and the Smithsonian Institution
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