It's all part of the 151st Anniversary Weekend of the Battle of Antietam.
During the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam weekend on September 14th and 15th, a large Civil War living history encampment will be set up at the Pry House South of Keedysville on Shepardstown Pike (Rt. 34) in Washington County.
Members of the 17th Corps Field Hospital of Illinois and the Blue and Gray Hospital Association of Maryland will re-create a surgical hospital in the Pry House threshing barn, which served as a Civil War hospital in 1862.
Costumed interpreters will be on hand that weekend to talk with visitors about Civil War medicine. There will also be surgeons, stewards and nurses to give hands-on, interactive demonstrations of medical practices, including triage, battlefield surgery and the making of medicines. Displays of original and reproduced artifacts will show a variety of surgical tools used by medical officers during the Battle of Antietam, and other conflicts. Every hour, Civil War interpretors will give presentations between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
The Pry House will be open each day from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM during the weekend. A candlelight surgery demonstration will be held on Saturday beginning at 8:00 PM.
Visitors can also see wet-plate photographer John Milleker do demonstrations of Civil Era photography. He will be making images throughout the weekend. Because many of the photos of that era depended on natural sunlight, some of Mr. Milleker's demonstrations are weather dependent.
The Pry House served as the headquarters of Union Major General George McClellan, Commander of the Army of the Potomac, during the Battle of Antietam. It also served as the headquarters of Dr. Jonathan Leatherman, who is considered "the father of modern battlefield medicine."
The Pry House Field Hospital Museum is owned by the National Park Service, and is operated by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick.