COLUMBUS (June 28, 2015) - The National Civil War Naval Museum, which tells the stories of the Sailors, Soldiers, and Civilians, both Free and Enslaved as affected by the Navies of the American Civil War, is hosting the family-friendly program, “Cool History: Civil War Naval Medicine”. Life aboard a ship was harsh in comparison to that of a soldier’s normal environment on land. Naval medical workers had to contend with a wider variety of occupational hazards than most doctors and nurses at that time. On Saturday, July 11, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the public is invited to step inside the lives of naval medical workers.
Throughout the day, the public will be given a closer look into the development of medical technologies and medicine during The Civil War. This unique experience will include guided tours, museum theater performances, a reenactment of an actual amputation, and a cannon firing.
Cool History: Civil War Naval Medicine
11 AM and 3:00 PM- Guided Tour - A museum interpreter will guide a group through the one of a kind 40,000 square foot facility, answering questions and giving context to complement the nation’s most unique collection of Civil War Navy related artifacts
12:30 PM- “Yellow Fever”- The museum theatre program will feature performances representing real-life people and the effects of the all too common disease, Yellow Fever, at that time.
2:00 pm- Navy Medicine Demonstration – The most common surgery during the Civil War was amputation. There were more than 60,000 amputations recorded during the war. A demonstrator will display the step-by-step regimen naval surgeons had to undergo to perform amputations.
4:00 PM- Cannon Firing -Spectators are invited to watch the firing of the museum’s authentic Brook Rifle across the Chattahoochee River.
Regular admission fees apply. For more information on this event, please call 706—327-9798 or visit www.portcolumbus.org.
The National Civil War Naval Museum, located in Columbus, Georgia, overlooks the Chattahoochee River. The museum houses the largest surviving Confederate warship, the CSS Jackson, as well as the largest collection of Civil War Naval-related flags on display in the country. Other exhibits include a full scale ship replica of the USS Water Witch, a replica of the USS Hartford with its berth deck, ward room and captain’s cabin, an actual cutter or "ship's boat" from the USS Hartford, a full scale replica of the USS Monitor’s famous turret, and an immersive panoramic dockside exhibit recreating Plymouth, North Carolina, complete with an exterior and interior view of the CSS Albemarle.