Medical Living History Event – Oct. 21


Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is pleased to present a Living History Event at Ellwood Manor on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 10:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Living Historians Dr. John Yurechko and Mike Pierce will portray a Union and a Confederate soldier. They will compare and contrast the equipment, motivation, and experiences of soldiers on the opposing sides at talks presented at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

Author and photography expert John Cummings will speak at 11:30 AM on the photographic efforts of the U.S. Army in 1866 to document Civil War battlefields and verify the presence of unburied dead. Mr. Cummings’ books will be on sale from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM and he will be available until 2:00 PM to sign them.



Visitors are encouraged to bring a comfortable lawn chair to use during any of the special presentations.


Living Historian John Pelletier will portray a Civil War Surgeon throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to converse with him and ask questions about medical practices utilized during the Civil War era. See reproductions of the various instruments in a surgeon’s kit and learn how surgeons saved many lives despite some misconceptions regarding the importance of sanitation.



Walking tours to the site of the Wilderness Tavern will be led by a Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) volunteer at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM. The tours begin at the front steps of the house and are approximately 1.5 miles in length over unpaved terrain. Visitors will learn why the armies were drawn into combat in the Wilderness and how the roads and vegetation affected the battle. Tour participants will see parts of historic road traces of the Orange Turnpike, Germanna Plank Road, and the Ellwood Carriage road, as well as cross over the Wilderness Run on a solid wooden footbridge. Sturdy walking shoes and bug spray are recommended, and don’t forget a bottle of water!FoWB Volunteers will be available to talk with visitors about possible ancestral connections to the Battle of the Wilderness and/or Ellwood Manor.

FoWB Volunteers will also be available inside the Manor house from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM to talk with visitors about the history and the significance of Ellwood during the Civil War.

All programs are free and open to the public.

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