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"The Toll of War" Exhibit

Updated: May 14

Introducing “The Toll of War” at The Newberry Museum!

“The Toll of War” is a traveling exhibit by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. The exhibit features both the physical and emotional effects of the war on those who lived through it. The motto of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine is “divided by conflict, united by compassion,” in reference to how doctors, both Northern and Southern, struggled to aid the wounded, and often shared information across the battle lines to help aid the injured.

The Newberry Museum has supplemented the traveling exhibit with our local story entitled “Newberry Veterans: Medical Care, Trauma, and Recovery.” This exhibit delves into many aspects of the experiences of Civil War veterans, those wounded, their families, and those who cared for them during and after the war. In the realm of physical wounds, the exhibit examines the types of injuries Civil War soldiers faced and how they were treated.

This exhibit also features a Medicinal Garden in our recently renovated Courtyard curated by the Nosegay Garden Club. The garden features many plants that would have been used by both medical professionals and housewives during the mid-1800s.

Stay connected on our Facebook and Instagram pages for more information and programing throughout the summer!

Current Upcoming Programing

  1. The Toll of War exhibit opening - Saturday, March 30th

  2. American Red Cross, Mobile Blood Drive - Friday, May 3rd at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  3. “Civil War Embalming & Funeral Practices” presented by Chad Bogart, Museum Curator, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Elizabethton, TN - Saturday, June 1st

  4. "Feeding the Army of Northern Virginia" presented by Michael C. Hardy, Historian, Author of General Lee's Immortals - Saturday, August 3rd

  5. "18th & 19th Century Herbal Medicines & Home Remedies" presented by Kelly Knapp, Revolutionary War Interpreter - Date and time TBA

  6. "The Story of Spencer Glasgow Welch" presented by John Favors, Museum Volunteer & Researcher - Date and time TBA

  7. "Soldier's Music of the Civil War" presented by Corbin Hayslett, Appalachian & Old Time Music Historian - Date and time TBA

  8. "Putting Together a 19th Century Medicinal Garden" presented by the Nosegay Garden Club - Date and time TBA

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Looking forward to the American Red Cross Blood Drive May 3, 2024 from 12pm-4pm! Sign up at:

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