Signal Corps, surgeons and prisoners

April 25, 1996|By Sandra Crockett

Of special interest at Fort McHenry this weekend:

* The U.S. Signal Corps will be communicating directly with the fort by telegraph and by wig-wag flag signaling, a system commonly used in the field.

* The surgeon's tent outside the fort will be staffed by doctors. They will demonstrate the instruments and medicines used to treat wounded and sick soldiers. Inside the fort, there will be a convalescent ward, staffed by Army nurses, where some of the men are recovering or being treated.

* There will be several volunteer units. The Christian Commission will be on hand to provide hospitalized soldiers with a diet designed to speed their recovery and, of course, attend to their spiritual needs.

* Military and political prisoners "and various ruffians of undefined allegiances under guard" will be in the Provost Marshal's office and jail, just inside the gate to the fort.

* Some modern-day attractions include Civil War authors Daniel Toomey, who wrote "The Civil War in Maryland," and Eric Mills, author of "The Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War." They will be autographing their books at various times throughout the weekend.

* The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will set up a display, and its representatives will answer questions.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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