The Society was formed in 1980 by six medical reenactors who felt that there was a need to open communications among those who did this specialty in our hobby. Today, The Society boasts of over 350 members throughout the United States, from California to Connecticut; from Florida to Washington; and all areas in between. The Society also has members in Canada and England, and is continually growing. It is the largest such organization of its kind dedicated to the study of Civil War medicine.
The Society was incorporated in the State of Ohio in 1990 as a non-profit corporation and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt group. Organized solely to educate the general public as to the study of medicine as it existed during the American Civil War era, The Society covers all aspects of medicine, especially surgery, the treatment of disease, and the treatment of the sick and wounded. This is accomplished through research by Society members, publications, and living history exhibitions and lectures during Civil War reenactments.
The specific goal of The Society is to promote, both for its members and the general public, a deep and abiding appreciation for the rich heritage of the most turbulent period in America's history. To accomplish this, The Society will foster fellowship, provide a continuing forum for education and the exchange of information, and provide communications among people who have similar interests. The Society will serve as a resource for those seeking authoritative information on Civil War medical and surgical practices.
The Society has been represented at such events as the 120th, 125th,130th,135th, 140th , and 145th anniversaries of Gettysburg; various other 125th, 130th, 135, 140th , and 145th Anniversary events; and others too numerous to mention.
Members have also appeared before the "School of the Surgeon", the American Medical Writer's Association, the conventions of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and of The Society of Civil War Surgeons, and on the Arts & Entertainment channel’s Civil War Journal.
The Society is also there to help its members further develop and/or enhance their portrayal of a Civil War era medical professional through meetings, the quarterly publication, The Journal of Civil War Medicine, encampments, living histories, and the networking among members.
As a group, The Society tries to designate one event a year as a maximum effort event where as many members as possible try to attend. Each August, The Society hostes a medical living history behind the Pennsylvania Monument on the Gettysburg battlefield. We are the first "field hospital" set up on the actual battlefield since 1863.
Because of the diversity of location of each member, the majority of The Society's business is done either by telephone, e-mail, or by U. S. mail.
The Society, additionally, hosts an annual convention which consists of lectures and presentations by members and nationally recognized Civil War experts. Convention cities are chosen with some Civil War related aspects in mind. In 2010, our conference was held a the Thayer Hotel on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Next year's conference will be in the Richmond/Petersburg, VA area and in 2012 we will be in Columbus, GA.
However, The Society is open to anyone, not just reenactors, interested in any aspect of Civil War medicine. We have collectors, lecturers, historians, researchers, museum personnel, authors, and reenactors as members. Please visit our web site at www.civilwarsurgeons.org
for mor information and application form.