On Wednesday, June 3rd, Gordon Dammann will present our first Summer Lecture Series talk “The Wounding of Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr.”. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was a Captain in the 20th Mass Regiment and was wounded in the West Woods fight at Antietam on September 17, 1862. This was one of three wounds he suffered during his tenure in the Civil War. We will follow his treatment after the Antietam wounding and the hunt for the wound Holmes by his father, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Md in the following weeks. After serving in the Civil War Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. went on to become a famous lawyer and he served as a Supreme Court Justice.
Gordon E. Dammann D.D.S. founded the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland to tell the true story of Civil War medicine. His medical collection formed the core of the museum holdings. He is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago and holds a bachelor of science degree with a minor in history. In 1969 he received his D.D.S. degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry
Gordon is the author of Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment Volumes I, II, and III. He and Dr. Alfred Jay Bollet co-authored Images of Civil War Medicine. He has served on the editorial staff of North/South Magazine and was editor of the Reprint of Memoirs of Jonathan Letterman, MD Surgeon of the U.S. Army 1861-1864.
Gordon is a recipient of the Nevins Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table and the Iron Brigade Award of the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table. These are presented to an individual whose advancement of the American Civil War scholarship and support of the Round Table movement deserves special recognition
He has presented programs on Civil War Medicine for the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, Civil War Institute of Gettysburg College, and Round Tables and Historical Societies across the country. Since retiring from his dental practice, Gordon has become active as a Licensed Guide at Antietam National Battlefield.
Join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.
UPDATE: In light of social distancing recommendations, the talks will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing until the guidelines and safety allow for public gatherings. The Zoom sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Zoom meeting link will be sent out to those signed up on our SLS Member list each week. For those that can’t attend live, the presentation will be recorded and posted on our Facebook page.
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