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For March and April, Cyrus Wakefield takes in The Museum of Civil War Medicine.

 

 

The museum actually occupies three different locations – the N.M.C.W., in Frederick, Maryland – a three-story 19th century brick building, which was, appropriately, home to an undertaker during the Civil War – the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, at the Antietam National Battlefield and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers’ Office, in Washington, D.C. The Frederick site consists of immersion exhibits that recreate aspects of Civil War medical issues: life in an army camp, evacuation of the wounded from the battlefront, a field dressing station, a field hospital and a military hospital ward. The exhibits incorporate surviving tools and equipment from the war, including the only known surviving Civil War surgeon’s tent, surgical kits, and items pertaining to veterinary medicine, while at the Pry House deals with front line medicine and the Clara Barton site focuses on Clara Barton's role as a nurse advocating for the creation of the American Red Cross and efforts in successfully tracking down 22,000 missing soldiers.

 

Be sure to take home a lasting memento of your experience from the sites’ gift shops – and perhaps some Cartridge Candy. Tell them Sutler Cyrus sent you.

 

 

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