On July 21, 1861, Union and Confederate forces clashed just north of Manassas in the first major battle of the Civil War. Within twenty-four hours there were about 3,500 causalities; no one was fully prepared. Private homes and buildings in the area served as hospitals staffed by inexperienced surgeons and assistants attempting to care for the wounded. Local historian and author, Paige Gibbons-Backus, will reprise a talk she recently gave at the Annual Conference of Civil War Medicine at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, detailing the challenges and shortages faced in the makeshift hospitals.
Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.