October 10th Lunch on Tuesdays: Chimborazo Hospital
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October 10th Lunch on Tuesdays: Chimborazo Hospital

Medical Miracles at the Largest Military Hospital in the World: The story of Richmond’s Chimborazo Hospital

When: 10/10/2017
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: Westwood Club
6200 West Club Lane
Richmond, Virginia  23226
United States
Contact: Kate Gabriel
(804) 622-8133

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According to the National Park Service, “Several million men took up arms and went to war in the 1860’s. They fell sick in unprecedented numbers, and they died from wounds and disease by the hundreds of thousands. The sudden burden of caring for so many men hit the opposing governments a staggering blow. Hundreds of hospitals sprouted up around the Southern Confederacy, particularly in the capital city of Richmond. The five converging railroads at Richmond, and the city’s proximity to many of the war’s greatest battles, meant that Richmond became a booming hospital center. No medical facility anywhere on the continent during the Civil War equaled the fame and notoriety of Chimborazo Hospital. It quickly emerged early in the war as one of the largest, best-organized, and most sophisticated hospitals in the Confederacy.”

Art Wingo, Master Volunteer with the National Park Service, Richmond National Battlefield, will be with us to discuss this famous hospital’s construction, management and closing. He will also discuss the doctors, staff and medical practices during the war. Additionally, he’ll discuss the City of Richmond before and during the war in context of Chimborazo’s operation.

Art has been with the National Park Service, Richmond National Battlefield since 2008. He works at the Chimborazo Medical Hospital Museum as a guest interpreter. In addition, he volunteers as needed at the Tredegar Iron Works Museum and other special events held by the National Park Service in the Richmond area. He enjoys providing lectures on Chimborazo Hospital to various groups in and outside of the State of Virginia.

Cost to Attend: $15 per person - members and guests (includes lunch buffet)

 Dr. Samuel P. Moore Phoebe Pember  Dr. J.B. McCaw 



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