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2020 News

Experience a Special Evening Program on Civil War Medicine

September 15, 2020

Historic barn at the George Spangler Farm

The Gettysburg Foundation will host a special evening program on Civil War medicine Friday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. (SOLD OUT) in the historic barn at the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital. Licensed Battlefield Guides Rick Schroeder, an Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, and Fran Feyock, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, will present “The damage was too great to survive.”—Turning the Course of Trauma & Disease.

Turning the Course of Trauma & Disease offers a comparison of 19th century and 21st century medicine with a focus on diseases people are still contracting today—with a much better survival rate. Schroeder and Feyock will examine the concept of a triage system that was implemented all those years ago and discuss the differences in the triage system of today. They will introduce American Civil War surgeons much differently than they are often portrayed in Hollywood films. Schroeder and Feyock will explain how Civil War doctors did the very best they could with the conditions, techniques and resources they had available to them at the time.

This special program lasts about 90 minutes and is limited to 40 attendees. The single general admission ticket price is $15. Friends of Gettysburg receive a $5 discount. Tickets are available for purchase in advance online at or by calling Guest Relations at 877-874-2478. (SOLD OUT)

Ticketholders to this special program may drive directly to the property and park onsite. The site will open at 5 p.m. for ticketholders to explore the grounds. The program will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Current health and safety protocols and social distancing measures will be followed. Throughout the property, guests, staff and volunteers will be required to wear a face covering.

The site, a successful family farm before and after the battle, served as the Union Army’s 11th Corps field hospital where more than 1,900 wounded soldiers—both Union and Confederate—received care. In addition, the site served as an artillery reserve, ammunition reserve, provost guard and a temporary cemetery for both Union and Confederate soldiers. The George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital is located at 488 Blacksmith Shop Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.