Medical Reenactment at Ellwood June 16/17


Saturday, June 16
Civil War Medicine Living History demonstrations: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Special Civil War Medicine and Hospital Presentation: 1:00pm
Guided Walking Tours to Wilderness Tavern hospital site: 11:30am and 2:30pm

Sunday, June 17
Civil War Medicine Living History demonstrations: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Please join Friends of Wilderness Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday, June 16–17 for demonstrations by Living Historians regarding medical practices during the American Civil War.

Medicine and surgery methods are a captivating – and often misunderstood – aspects of the Civil War. Living Historians representing the 2nd Corps Hospital Unit (CSA) will be on site all day Saturday and until 3:00pm on Sunday to talk with visitors about various facets of Civil War medical and hospital procedures and address some of the common misconceptions of the care and treatment of Civil War soldiers.

Special programs will also be offered on Saturday, June 16. Join us at 1:00pm for a presentation discussing the wounding of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Civil War Medicine in general, and Ellwood as a Confederate Convalescent Hospital following the Battle of Chancellorsville in May of 1863. Jackson was the most famous of the thousands of wounded Confederate soldiers treated at the Wilderness Tavern and Ellwood hospital complex during and immediately after the fighting at Chancellorsville. After the vast majority of the casualties were evacuated to points further south days after the battle ended, those so badly injured that they might not survive the trip remained at Ellwood for up to several months.

Guided walking tours to the Wilderness Tavern hospital site and the Wilderness Crossroads will also be offered on Saturday at 11:30am and approximately 2:30pm following the 1:00pm program. General Jackson’s left arm was amputated near the tavern after his wounding at Chancellorsville. The tour takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and begins at the small gate just behind the house. It is approximately 1.5 miles in length over unpaved terrain. Visitors will see parts of historic road traces of the Orange Turnpike, Germanna Plank Road, and the Ellwood Carriage road, as well as crossing over the Wilderness Run on a solid wooden footbridge. Sturdy walking shoes and appropriate hiking clothes are recommended, as well as using sunscreen, insect repellent, and bringing along a bottle of water.

FoWB volunteers will be available to assist visitors with possible ancestral connections with the Battle of the Wilderness or Ellwood, in the Heritage Program tent on the grounds.

The historic structure Ellwood will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm and FoWB interpreters will be available to talk with visitors and answer questions.

All programs are free and open to the public.

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