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The Life Of Dr. Edward Stonestreet – 19th Century Doctor

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Learn about the real life of a Civil War surgeon and see how it compares to the portrayal of Civil War medicine in the PBS series Mercy Street.

Clarence portraying Dr. Stonestreet at Rock Creek Park

Clarence portraying Dr. Stonestreet at Rock Creek Park

Come hear living historian Clarence Hickey discuss the life of Civil War contract surgeon Dr. Edward Stonestreet on December 6 at 6 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum.

Dr. Edward Stonestreet practiced medicine from 1852 until his death in 1903, in Rockville, MD. He was educated at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Stonestreet served as an Examining Surgeon for Montgomery County, MD, during the Federal draft of 1862. It is estimated that he examined more than 800 men.

During 1862 – 1863, Dr. Stonestreet served with the U.S. Army as an Acting Assistant Surgeon (Contract Surgeon). During late 1862 and early 1863, he treated the living wounded after the Battle of Antietam in a temporary Army General Hospital, in Rockville, while they were enroute from Frederick, MD to long term care in new Army pavilion style, state-of-the-art, hospitals in Washington, DC, and in Alexandria, VA. During the first half of 1863, Dr. Stonestreet attended the ill soldiers of the 6th Michigan Cavalry Regiment prior to their involvement in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Dr. Stonestreet’s life, his medical training, practice, and Army service paralleled those of fictitious Dr. Jed Foster of the PBS 2016 special Civil War series Mercy Street, or was it the other way around? These similarities will be discussed, along with the details of Dr. Stonestreet’s life and service in a PowerPoint slide lecture using many photos from the Civil War and 19th century eras. Clarence also will discuss his 20th century experience serving in a U.S. Army Civil War pavilion style hospital during the Vietnam era. There were many such Army hospitals in the U.S. and other countries for more than 100 years after the Civil War.

The presentation will take place on December 6 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. It will be a “pay-what-you-please” presentation.

Clarence Hickey is a Master Docent and reenactor with the Montgomery County Historical Society, MD, and its Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine. Clarence holds a BS degree in biology and an MS degree in marine biology. During the Vietnam War era, Clarence was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Service (AMEDS) in 1966. He served from 1966 – 1968 as a medical laboratory specialist, blood banking technician, and general hospital medic at Fort Campbell, KY, stateside home of the 101st Airborne Division. The U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Campbell, was built in 1942 and was of the pavilion style design (or cantonment style design) following those built and operated during the Civil War. Clarence is the author of four books, one of which is Dr. Stonestreet’s award winning biography, Send for the Doctor, published in 2009 by Montgomery County Historical Society. Clarence offers historical programs about Dr. Stonestreet in first person, reenactments with a life-sized mannequin patient, lectures, PowerPoint slide shows, and through written articles and his book. Clarence is a member of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Society of Civil War Surgeons. In 2014, Clarence was certified as a Master Docent by the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium. Clarence is a retired federal civil servant in environmental sciences and has served as a volunteer interpretive nature guide.


December 6, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Jake Wynn
301-695-1864, ext. 1009


Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
437 7th Street NW
Washington, 20004 United States
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