Civil War Embalming: A Demonstration of Period Technique

  • 06:00 PM

Civil War Field New copy.img_assist_customAs Dr. Benjamin F. Lyford, following the Battle of Gettysburg, Jon Austin will present a first-person presentation in the style of a 19th century medical school lecture, using a re-enactor “corpse” as a visual aid. Topics include a verification of death, period medicine & chemistry, human anatomy, and the preparation of dead soldiers for shipping and burial. Also covered are such subjects as 19th century mourning rituals, Lincoln’s funeral, and the ways in which modern funeral practice have developed over time.

This event is free and open to the public.

6:00 – 7:00 PM.