Sun. Apr. 27, 2:00 pm -- Free
Civil War Medicine: Myth and Reality
Dr. Matt Farina is back with another wonderful presentation: Civil War medicine. Civil War medicine has been described as the 3 “B’s” – butchery, barbaric and brutal. Dr. Farina states that we must look at medicine, and even soldiering, in the context of the time in which it occurred. Civil War medicine was flawed; but whether we believe it or not, great advances occurred in medicine because of the war. This presentation will deal with some of the truths and myths about 19th Century medicine and will cover the practical advances that occurred during the war, but are often overlooked. A replica capital amputation kit and other medical items will be on display as part of this presentation. FREE!
Thurs. May 8, 7:00 pm -- Free
Theophilus Hunter Holmes: A North Carolina General in the Civil War
Author Walter Hilderman will present on the topic of his latest book, Theophilus Hunter Holmes: A North Carolina General in the Civil War. Holmes was a Sampson County native, graduated from West Point, served in the Seminole and Mexican-American wars. He rose to the rank of Lt. Gen. in the Confederacy. After the war, he settled in Fayetteville where he is buried. Book signing to follow.
Sat. May 31, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm -- FREE
There's More to this War: Civil War Living History
There was more to the Civil War than horrific battles, exhausted foot soldiers, and historic weapons. This free, family-friendly living history event will feature the traditional military encampments and firing demonstrations by the 6th NC State Troops (re-enacting group), but will also introduce you to aspects of the war that you don't normally see. Watch as women arsenal workers roll cartridges, and then learn about the danger and hardships that the workers faced to help feed their families during the uncertain time. Members of the 76th Pennsylvania Keystone Zouaves will be on hand displaying their unique uniforms that are far different from the ordinary Civil War soldier's garb. Zouaves were elite units known for precision on the drill field and flashy uniforms of gaiters, baggy pants, short red jackets with trim, and turbans or fezzes. Concessions on site. All activities are held in Arsenal Park located adjacent to the Museum of the Cape Fear along Myrover St., Fayetteville. Questions? Call 910-486-1330, or email Megan Maxwell.