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SPs and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Last week, I spent several days on a Civil War pilgrimage to Gettysburg, Antietam, Harper’s Ferry and Manassas. On our way to Antietam (also known as Sharpsburg, Md.), we stopped at an awesome museum in Frederick, Md. — the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

It rocked! There was information about the evacuation of the wounded, field hospitals, embalming, Dr. Letterman and his early version of triage, and, lo and behold, a brief entry on Sister Athanasius Fogarty and the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Sister Athanasius served as directress of Military Hospital during the Civil War. Needless to say, I was very excited and asked one of the docents if I could take a photo of the sign. She said yes and was quite pleased to know that I had a connection with the Sisters of Providence.

If you are ever in the Frederick area, I strongly recommend you check out this museum.

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Connie McCammon

Connie McCammon worked in the communications office for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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