Posted by: TC Maurice | March 28, 2018

Meeting Announcement

When:   April 11th

Where:  La Navona, 154 North Hamilton Road. Gahanna Ohio 43230

Time:     7pm

Speaker:  Dan Welch

Topic:    William Child, the Smoketown Hospital, and the aftermath at Antietam.

Antietam remains the single-bloodiest day in American military history, nearly 23,000 casualties in just 9 hours of combat. For many, the story then follows Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia back to Virginia or McClellan’s final weeks in command of the Army of Potomac and the events that led to the battle of Fredericksburg. Tonight historian Dan Welch will share the stories and challenges of the longest operated field hospital at Antietam, the Smoketown Hospital. Through the letters and diary entries of William Child, Assistant Surgeon of the 5th New Hampshire, we will hear of the next fight for the many wounded left in the battle’s wake, survival.

Dan Welch currently serves as a primary and secondary educator with a public schoolprofile district in northeast Ohio.  Previously, Dan was the Education Programs Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park, and continues to serve as a seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He holds a MA in Military History with a Civil War Era concentration at American Military University and is the coauthor of  The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign.

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