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Pictures taken July 6th, 2001 during the 138th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

 

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A Civil War ambulance like this one from the 7th New Jersey Regiment might
not have gotten patients help in time, unlike modern day vehicles.

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Covered in blood, April Koschker from Califon, NJ portrayed a surgeon Major Mary Walker, MD.  Most of the wounds a Civil War surgeon would have had to
deal with were from muskets and cannon.

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.Portraying an embalming surgeon, Dr. Ralph Aitkin answered visitors many question on Civil War Medical Services.  Notice the red tube on the right which would have been used to dispose of the blood from a dead soldiers body, and with 620,000 dead men the embalming surgeon would have a lot of work to do.

One of the many demonstrations in the living history tent was on Civil War Medicine.  The speaker explained how "Civil War hospitals would treat arms and legs first because they knew how to amputate while head and chest wounds would be treated second."

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The Emergency Medical Services tent from the Gettysburg Hospital was on site to help both visitors and reenactors.  Though, the main problem the EMS had to deal with was heat exhaustion, so they came prepared with plenty of water.

A long line of porta-potties were
available on site.

 

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