"How Civil War Medicine Killed President James Garfield"

Join the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at 5:00pm on Sunday, March 25th at Town Run Taphouse and Community Pub for Jake Wynn’s presentation, “How Civil War Medicine Killed President James Garfield.”

When an assassin’s bullet struck James Garfield in July 1881, the battle to save the president’s life began. In the weeks that followed, doctors argued over how to treat the stricken executive. In the end, Dr. Willard Bliss took control of Garfield’s recovery and controversy has surrounded his role ever since. Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will discuss the history of Garfield’s recovery and how antiquated techniques learned by Dr. Bliss during his Civil War experience played a role in James Garfield’s death in September 1881.

Jake Wynn is the Program Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. He is a 2015 graduate from Hood College and writes independently at wynninghistory.com.