Learn more about Civil War-Era medicine with new exhibit at Massie Heritage Center

New Massie Heritage Center exhibit explores history of medicine

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Massie Heritage Center has a new exhibit on display this month focusing on Civil War medicine in Savannah.

Reproductions and interpretations will explain medical practices during the time, including the use of medicine and surgical instruments. The reproductions were acquired over a period of nearly two decades by a local man named Scott Hodges, who has since passed.

“But he wanted his legacy of historic medical interpretation to be carried on here at Massie, so he sold us his kit. He was a career reenactor,” Curator Steven Smith said. “And most people know him as the gentleman that played as General Oglethorpe during the Georgia Day Parade.”

The exhibit also includes information about Savannah during the Civil War and General William Sherman’s March to the Sea.

“Obviously, he had a lot of sick soldiers, so he ceased several buildings throughout the city,” Smith said. “One of them was Massie, and he converted it into a Union hospital shortly after January of 1865, and it stayed a hospital, we believe, until the summer of 1865, and then it went to become a freedman school.”

You can visit this new exhibit at the Massie Heritage Center through April 30.

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