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George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital Hosts Living History Encampments & Programs

August 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

$2 – $6

Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center have an opportunity to experience the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital throughout the 2019 summer season. Walk the grounds, hear the stories and feel the emotions of life–and death–at this historic farm suddenly transformed into a corps field hospital. Civil War era encampments are on site. Living historians from across the U.S. camp at the farm and provide visitors a glimpse of what happened there in 1863.

The historic site is open for visitors Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (and on the Battle Anniversary July 1-3), through Aug 11, and is only accessible via shuttle from the Museum & Visitor Center. Daily programs are offered. Special programs are offered some Saturdays & July 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the lower level of the restored historic barn.

Daily (Fri.-Sun. & July 1-3) Programs:

10:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. – The Spangler Farm in 1863

11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. – An Army Field Hospital: The George Spangler Farm

Special Programs, Lower level of the restored historic barn at 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 2
The Granite School House, the 2nd Hospital on Spangler’s’ Land: The story of one of the sites for medical care during the Battle of Gettysburg, located in the fields and woods around the little school.

Saturday, July 6
The Role of Civilian Organizations: The Christian Commission and the U.S. Sanitary Commission.

Saturday, July 13
Myth vs. Reality: What was medicine really like during the Civil War era?

Saturday, July 27
Civil War Diseases: What did Civil War soldiers suffer and die from?

Saturday, Aug. 3
Civil War Apothecary: What and how were medicines used during the Civil War?

Saturday, Aug. 10
An Account of Dr. Bleecker Hovey & Wife and Nurse Marilla Hovey: Featuring the surgical kit used at the Spangler Farm in 1863–still intact after 156 years.

Living History Encampments

July 1-3
17th Corps Field Hospital: Exhibits and demonstrations of Union Civil War medicine includes pill making, nursing, nutrition, medicines, medical instruments including a pocket and capital amputation kit, and daily sick call illnesses.

2nd Corps Field Hospital CSA: Confederate field hospital with portrayal of Confederate surgeon, Hunter McGuire.

July 5-7
Maxwell’s Battery – Battery K 1st US Artillery: Historians teach the purpose of a Civil War field hospital, the devastating wounds and treatments, and the support services provided to medical personnel and wounded and sick soldiers.

Of The People Living History Association: Non-profit historians group dedicated to depicting civilian life in support of the war effort during the era with an emphasis on the U.S. Sanitary Commission.

July 12-14
Society of Civil War Surgeons: Historians portray Civil War era surgeons and demonstrate various surgical procedures and medicines.

July 19-21
Chaplain Scott Sturdivant: Confederate Chaplain displays chaplain’s tent and period gospel tracts, and discusses the role of Army chaplains during the war and the Great Awakening of the Southern Army.

July 26-28
Doc Willen & Company: Union surgeon, civilian nurse and hospital steward discuss Civil War medicine and portray medical personnel with expert explanations of medical care.

Citizens of Gettysburg: Civilians, attired in authentic Victorian period clothing, recreate the experience of Civil War era civilians and provide “first person impressions.”

Aug. 2-4
150th PA Volunteer Infantry “Bucktails” Co. C & K Civil War Field Hospital: Historians portray two of four companies recruited from Crawford County, Pennsylvania and the personnel who served in the Hospital Department.

Aug. 9-11
Company A 9th PA Reserves 38th PA Pittsburg Rifles: Medical unit from near Pittsburgh and historians portray members of the U.S. Sanitary Commission.

136th NYSV Medical Hospital: Regimental field hospital based in Charlotte, North Carolina demonstrates surgeries, nursing techniques and duties, including the use of mannequins and period instruments.

Visitors have the opportunity to shuttle to the historic site free (upon request) with the purchase of a Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience ticket at the Museum & Visitor Center or purchase a single ticket to the site. For tickets, visit or call 877-874-2478.

Visit for information and reservations for tours, events and programs offered by the Gettysburg Foundation.


August 9, 2019
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
$2 – $6
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