Moyer District Library

Preserving History: Death in the Civil War

  • When Apr 20, 2017 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM (US/Central / UTC-500)
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Civil War Field Embalming:  A Demonstration of Period Technique

About the presentation:

Portraying Dr. Benjamin F. Lyford in the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, historian Jon Austin offers a first-person presentation in the style of a nineteenth-century medical school lecture, using a re-enactor "corpse" as a visual aid.  

Austin addresses such topics as period medicine and chemistry, human anatomy, the verification of death, and the preparation of deceased soldiers' remains for transport and burial.  Also covered are such subjects as nineteenth-century mourning rituals, Lincoln's funeral, and the ways in which modern funeral practices have developed over time.