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Members Only - Dr. Letterman’s Civil War
  • March 6, 2020
  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  • 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701
  • 301-695-1864
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Free for Museum Members

    At 12:00 PM on Friday March 6 at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, join Director of Interpretation, Jake Wynn, as he gives an in depth look at the many medical innovations of Dr. Jonathan Letterman. This program is free and available only for members of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

    Few officers had as much impact on the well-being of soldiers during the Civil War as Major Jonathan Letterman. The wiry medical officer from southwestern Pennsylvania took on the role of Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac in the summer of 1862. Over the subsequent 18 months, Letterman completely transformed how that army cared for its wounded. Letterman established an organized ambulance corps, oversaw the training of stretcher bearers, redeveloped how battlefield hospitals were established, and implemented systems that encouraged accountability and professionalization among the army’s medical personnel. Letterman and his surgeons saved countless lives during the conflict, and their ability to adapt in the face of horrific carnage and overwhelming challenges revolutionized battlefield medicine. This presentation will examine Major Letterman’s legacy, built during his time with the Army of the Potomac from July 1862 to December 1863.

    Want to become a member of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine? You’ll have access to this presentation and more exclusive programs! You will also be supporting our efforts to tell the remarkable history of Civil War medical care and the people who saved lives in our nation’s bloodiest war.