Civil War Medical History at Ellwood

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Civil War Medicine Living History demonstrations: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Guided Walking Tour of the Ellwood Grounds (45 minutes): 11:00 AM
Special Civil War Medicine and Hospital Presentation: 1:00 P.M.
Guided Walking Tour to Wilderness Tavern hospital site: (1 hr. 15 min) 2:30 P.M.


Sunday, June 16, 2019
Civil War Medicine Living History demonstrations: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Ellwood Manor will be open both days 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


Please join us on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 – 16, 2019, for demonstrations by Living Historians regarding medical practices during the American Civil War. Medical and surgical methods are a captivating – and often misunderstood – aspect of the Civil War. Living Historians representing the 2nd Corps Hospital Unit (CSA) will be on site all day Saturday and until 3:00 P.M. 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 1:00 P.M. for a presentation discussing the wounding of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Civil War medicine in general, and Ellwood as a 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 during and immediately after the fighting at Chancellorsville.  After the vast majority of the casualities were evacuated to points farther south days after the battle ended, those so badly injured they they might not survive the trip remained at Ellwood for up to four months. Visitors may wish to bring a comfortable lawn chair for this presentation.

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