Civil War Amputation Demonstration - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Civil War Amputation Demonstration

1.5 hours
$30 per person
Up to 10 people
See Dates
$30 per person
Washington, DC
What We’ll Do

Join me at one of Washington DC’s hidden gems – the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum – to explore the misunderstood history of surgery and the Civil War. As part of this program, you’ll see a simulated demonstration of an amputation, the most common medical procedure of the American Civil War.

In this program, you’ll uncover the gory truth about medical care during the Civil War, why more than 60,000 amputations were performed during the conflict, and watch a medical historian demonstrate surgical techniques used in the mid-19th century. You’ll examine surgical tools and experience the sights and sounds of a Civil War field hospital.

Where We’ll Be

We’ll be turning the Civil War home and headquarters of nurse Clara Barton into a makeshift operating theater! In this historic 19th century boardinghouse, Clara Barton earned the reputation as the “Angel of the Battlefield” and spearheaded efforts to find missing soldiers during Reconstruction. The building was nearly torn down in the 1990s, but a ghostly tap on the shoulder led to a discovery that saved this historic structure from the wrecking

About Your Host
Samuel Jacob
Samuel Jacob

Hi. I’m Samuel Jacob, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am a museum professional and historian who has worked with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine since 2013. I am currently stationed at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. I focus on 19th century American history, with a focus on the Civil War era. In addition to my work at the Museum, I also write about Pennsylvania's Civil War experience at and the history of my native Northeastern Pennsylvania at

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know
Group Size

There are 10 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Cancellation Policy

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