GBPA Announces Major Gettysburg 150th Event At Daniel Lady Farm, The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, Press Release, December 31, 2012.
The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation
Association today announced that a reenactment of the struggle of
Southern surgeons, stewards and nurses to treat the scores of wounded
soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia brought to the Lady Farm will
run from June 30 to July 7 at the farm. The Florida
Regimental Medical Department (FRMD) is organizing the field hospital
living history week War Meets Compassion: The Confederate Field
Hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg sesquicentennial observance.
There will be no admission charge to the event.
restored barn on the Lady farm was used for treating enlisted personnel,
while wounded officers were administered to in the nearby house.
Forensically-verified bloodstains on the floor of the house show where
wounded officers propped themselves against the wall as a surgeon worked
nearby, blood-soaked clothing and rags accumulating in a corner of the
room. The FRMD will be joined in the living history by
three other active Confederate field hospital corps organizations and
the local Pvt. John Wesley Culp Camp #1961 of the Sons of Confederate
The 2nd Florida Volunteer Infantry will
portray the march of the troops of generals Richard Ewell and Jubal
Early to the site, bringing ambulatory wounded soldiers for treatment by
surgeons and inhabiting the grounds where Confederate troops encamped
in preparation for their assault on Culp's Hill.
living history will be tailored to the convenience of visitors.
Scheduled demonstrations will include triage of the wounded,
amputations, brain surgery and treatment of diseases. Additional
programs will focus on Civil War-era medicines, sanitary conditions,
medical instrument identification, roles of purveyors and stewards,
battlefield chaplains, embalming and the role of women in aiding the
sick and wounded.
The overall commander for the event
will be Major Robert Sonntag, Department of the Gulf. Sonntag, who
actually worked in surgery, as a hospital administrator and now a
medical consultant, will demonstrate on wounded soldiers how a good
Civil War surgeon could perform a leg or arm amputation in 11 minutes.
Other unit commanders will be Major Trevor T. Steinbach, Department of
Tennessee; Major Harry Sonntag, Army of Northern Virginia; the 1 st
Virginia Medical Unit; and Commander Gary Casteel of the Private John Wesley
Culp Camp #1961, Sons of Confederate veterans.
Lady Farm event is being coordinated with the official 150th
anniversary activities of the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors
Bureau and the Gettysburg National Military Park. "We
are honored to be able to hold the largest ever Civil War medical
re-enactment to the Daniel Lady Farm," said Robert Sonntag. "What could
be better than staging our living history on an actual Confederate field
hospital site as part of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of
"This is the blossoming
of the Daniel Lady Farm into what the Gettysburg Battlefield
Preservation Association envisioned for the property when it was
acquired 14 years ago," said GBPA Vice-President Jay Purdy. "With this
presentation it will evolve from a restored static site where one must
try to imagine what happened there in 1863. War Meets Compassion: The
Confederate Field Hospital will transport visitors to the closest
thing to having been there 150 years ago."
also cannot over-emphasize how pleased the GBPA is with the cooperative
relationship that has developed with the Military Park and the
Convention and Visitors Bureau and we look forward to this relationship
growing in the future.
Text Source: The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association
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