Historian William Campbell will examine a critical piece of the Civil War health care system: the hospital steward. The hospital steward of the Civil War was an important part of the healthcare team whether in the hospital or in the field with the regiment. This presentation will briefly examine his role, responsibilities and duties, both from a military primary source, but also from the first person sources of the men themselves. The presentation will then examine the relationship of the hospital steward to nursing and the hospital nurses.
What was his role in nursing care? Was he just the pharmacist? What were his other duties? Does the hospital steward of 150 years ago+ have a direct relationship to nurses and nursing care today? These are just a few questions William Campbell will address in the presentation.
This “pay-what-you-please” program will begin at 7:00 PM in the Delaplaine-Randall Conference Room at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.
William T. Campbell, Ed.D, RN a Doctor of Education from the University of Delaware, a Master of Science in Family Nursing from Salisbury University, and undergraduate degrees in Nursing, Psychology, and Biology from the University of Delaware. He completed pre-pharmacy studies at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science. An Associate Professor in the Nursing Department at Salisbury University in Salisbury Maryland he teaches in the pediatrics, pharmacology, and nursing history courses. He has served as a volunteer docent at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the grounds of Antietam Battlefield and as a frequent speaker for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.