Civil War Institute

Civil War Medicine
June 16 - 18, 2017


Shenandoah Civil War Associates offered “Civil War Medicine and Gettysburg & Antietam Hospitals.” This program provided a fresh and unique perspective into one of the most interesting topics of Civil War history. And to accomplish this we worked with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. They provided us with several truly remarkable physicians who are involved in outstanding scholarship and research into the field of medicine during the Civil War.

As in the past, we met at James Madison University in the Allegheny Room on Friday, June 16th. We had three noted Civil War medical historians speakers - Dr. Guy Hasegawa: “Artificial Limbs in the Civil War”, Dr. Jonathan O’Neal: “Confederate Medical Evacuation”, and Dr. Irvin Hess: “Dr. Hunter McGuire- Stonewall’s surgeon”. Their speeches were followed by a book signing and free time. The evening culminated with a full course dinner.

On Saturday morning we traveled to Frederick, Maryland where we toured the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. We had a special treat scheduled after the tour. Dr. Gordon Dammann, the museum’s founder, offered us his highly regarded presentation on “Hollywood and Civil War Medicine.”

After lunch we toured Antietam Hospital sites with Steve Recker. Steve started the Antietam Guide Service several years ago and his expertise about the battle of Antietam is extraordinary. After Steve’s tour we departed to the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown. There we enjoyed a buffet dinner and stayed the night.

On Sunday, we traveled to Gettysburg where noted Gettysburg historian Gary Kross offered us a tour of Gettysburg Hospital sites. Gary is a licensed tour guide at Gettysburg and his tours are very popular. Both tours featureed hospital sites seldom if ever visited. We stopped for lunch, and afterwards continued the Gettysburg tour. Following the Gettsburg tour we returned to Harrisonburg for the conclusion of our Institute.