have heard about the battles, but do you know how
soldiers were medically treated from the North to
the South? You can explore that topic when you
visit the “Civil War Medicine” exhibit at the St.
Joseph Museum. The exhibit was created to
commemorate the 150th anniversary of the
American Civil War.
was a state of divided loyalties. In Buchanan
County neighbors were often on opposing sides. An
estimated 1,600 to 2,000 men from the country went
South to fight for the Confederacy, including M.
Jeff Thompson, former mayor of St. Joseph. Another
2,000 men from Buchanan County fought for the
Union. Fortunately, the St. Joseph Museum staff was
able to use artifacts from both the North and the
South to create a 1,100 square foot exhibit that
focuses on the medical aspects of the Civil War era,
from the wounds of war to the diseases that spread
in the camps. Funding for the exhibit was provided
by Heartland Health of St. Joseph, Missouri, and the
“Thanks to three local families, you can follow the
journeys of three men, - one doctor and two
soldiers, as you tour this exhibit. They left
diaries and letters, which give us the ability to
tell the story through their eyes,” said St. Joseph
Museum Executive Director Jackie Lewin. “In this
exhibit, you are able to visit a field hospital as
it would have appeared in the midst of battle and
enter a replica of the typical soldiers’ tent.”
“Civil War Medicine” is on exhibit at the St. Joseph
Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph,
Missouri. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3
for students ages 7 through 18. St. Joseph Museum
members are free. Admission includes the Glore
Psychiatric Museum and the Black Archives Museum.
Please call the St. Joseph Museum at
816-232-8471 more information.