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Civil War Medicine and Surgery Display at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center Aug. 9

July 28, 2014



RALEIGH, N.C., July 28 -- The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources issued the following news release:

CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center will present "Civil War Surgery & Medicine" examining medicine and surgery at home and on the battlefield during the Civil War. The origins of modern triage practices can be traced back to the difficult choices made on the battlefield. Gary Riggs will display medicine and surgical equipment used and discuss the types of procedures they were used to perform.

The program commemorates the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the Civil War and will be held Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is also the final offering of the three month long popular program "2nd Saturdays (http://server1.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/saun/samooa/slmn/p1/2ndSaturdays)."

The ladies of the Tar Heel Civilians will portray and discuss the role of women in roles such as nurses, rolling bandages and gathering supplies to make and send hospital boxes. In addition to battle wounds, many soldiers died because of infection or illness due to lack of modern medical technology.

To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, North Carolina's State Historic Sites Division and History Museums Division will be hosting programs that focus on Freedom, Sacrifice and Memory. For a full list of these events visit http://www.nccivilwar150.com.

At the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center, learn about the ironclad gunboat and watch a new museum take shape. The Confederate Navy launched the ill-fated Neuse in a futile attempt to regain control of the lower Neuse River and the city of New Bern. The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is located at 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, N.C. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gov. Caswell Memorial is located at 2612 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston, N.C. Hours are Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sites are closed Sunday and Monday, and most major holidays.

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