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Drop-ins welcome at Stratford Hall event

Civil War medicine gets a bad rap, the experts say.

Through the lenses of Mathew Brady’s photographers, millions have seen the carnage of Antietam and Gettysburg.

But few know of the medical progress spurred by America’s bloodiest conflict.

On Saturday at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County, leading authorities on the topic will set the record straight at an all-day symposium on “Surgery and Medical Advances During the Civil War.”

People who opt to go at the last minute can register on-site Saturday morning.

Six speakers, including George Wunderlich of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Hagerstown, Md., will participate.

Dr. J.P. Saleeby, Dr. Adrian Wheat, Dr. Robert Slawson, Dr. Guy Hasegawa and John Ream also will give lectures.

Topics will include post-traumatic stress, artificial limbs, surgery, the advent of the emergency room,  and African–Americans in Civil War medicine.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The talks take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with music by living-history group Evergreen Shade at the start and finish. Lunch is for sale in Stratford Hall’s dining room at 12:30 p.m.

The symposium fee is $75. It is free to Friends of Stratford; 804/493-8919 for membership information.

To register now or get details, email rsvp@stratford, call Jon Bachman at 804/493-1972 or leave a voicemail at 804/493-8038, ext. 7787.

The Northern Neck historic site’s website, stratford, has the complete program.

—Clint Schemmer