Antietam Battlefield Sharpsburg, Maryland
Antietam National Battlefield was the birthplace of triage, the first example of organised emergency battlefield medicine; and dozens of local buildings in nearby Frederick were turned into makeshift hospitals, one of which is now the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, located within its 30-block historic district. The museum’s displays and life-size wax figures explain the use of hospital trains and vividly describe the horrors of Civil War-era operating rooms.
The city itself abounds in history. It’s where Lincoln addressed a crowd after the battle, and Clara Barton, who would go on to found the American Red Cross, had her first battlefield nursing experience.
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