Lecture on Medical Care During the Civil War, Feb 3, 2016

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Lecture on Medical Care During the Civil War

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:30

To appreciate the historical background of the new PBS drama series, “Mercy Street,” learn about medical practices of the Civil War era and military hospitals in urban settings like wartime Alexandria by attending a lecture entitled “We are not Butchers:  Military Surgeons of the Civil War.”   The lecture will be held at The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3. A snow date is scheduled for February 24.  The cost is $5 per person. Call The Lyceum to register at 703-746-4994, or visit historicalexandria.gov to purchase tickets.

This illustrated lecture will be made by Civil War medical historian and interpreter, Von Barron.  Mr. Barron will discuss general medical knowledge and care of the period, and military hospital facilities of the time, both in the field and towns like Alexandria.   In addition to serving as a vital transportation and supply base for the Federal war effort, Alexandria became a major hospital center for the Union Army, a theme that is the backdrop for the “Mercy Street” series.

The lecture is co-sponsored by The Lyceum and Fort Ward Museum in the City of Alexandria.  Both museums will also have exhibits on view beginning January 15 which interpret medical care in Civil War Alexandria. For more information on the lecture or to reserve tickets, please call 703.746.4994.

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