Saturday, August 18, 2012

Civil War Medicine Explained - 20th Maine Regiment Hospital Camp at Harpers Ferry, WV

August 11, 2012   - A friend and I rode our bikes from Brunswick to Harper's Ferry where we encountered the 20th Main Regiment camp and hospital reenactment in progress.  Carter VanWaes  (shown below) dressed in uniform explained the state of medical treatment during the civil war. VanWaes is a physician himself, described the specific medicines  used in the field, and their effects.  

Dr. Carter VanWaes explains the types of medicine available to treat soldiers during the Civil War.
This reenactor was also a physician and explained the tools of surgery used in the field during the Civil War. He was also very knowledgeable about infections and their treatment.  This discussion was not for the faint of heart!
A typical camp wagon.
Standing guard.
Townspeople in period costumes.
Music to entertain the troops and townspeople. Click to hear a short clip.

The stunning view as you cross from the towpath over the bridge into Harpers Ferry, WV.
Tubing flotilla on the river.
 A bus full of folks who were taking a tubing trip down the river had just let out and here are a few of the dozens of people who filled the river with these bright blue tubes.  Notice the smaller red tube carrying a cooler. It was a beautiful day and they seemed to be having a great time!