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"The birth of combat medical care" Manassas Things to Do Tip by etfromnc

Manassas Things to Do: 14 reviews and 26 photos

  Ben Lomond Historic Site
by etfromnc

Two of the most decisive battles of the Civil War were fought in the Manassas area. Sometimes they are referred to as Battles of Manassas but I am more used to hearing them referred to as the Battles of Bull Run. There was a lot of carnage in both instances but there was at least one positive outcome which resulted from the first of those battles.

That positive outcome was the development of combat medical care, and that advancement took root right at the beginning, with the war's first major conflict, the First Battle of Manassas (or Bull Run).

Last month (the third weekend in May, 2011, the Ben Lomond Historic Site, a former plantation situated near the battlefield, was rededicated as the Pringle Hospital. The homeplace of the Pringle Plantation began its transformation in 1861 when it became a hospital for the Confederate Army's Stonewall Brigade—though Union soldiers also used the when they controlled this part of the battlespace—and a 1980s remodeling project uncovered penciled graffiti on the walls that remain visible.

New exhibits at this historical site chronicle the experiences of the medical staff, soldiers, and civilians who occupied the hospital, and will include living historians, a look at the lives of slaves who lived on the plantation, Civil War-era medical demonstrations, original medical displays, and a hands-on educational tent.

If you are going to be in the region (Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, or even Maryland, there is going to be a commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run, July 21st-24th. On the 23rd, a Special evening tour will offer a glimpse into the heroic efforts and the chaos of a field hospital during the American Civil War. There are four tours beginning at 6:30 and continuing at 30 minute intervals until 8 PM. Tickets are $10 and there is a limit of 15 persons per tour. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact:
Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872 or

Address: 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas
Directions: From Interstate 66:Take Exit 47A to VA 234/Business south onto Sudley Road. Travel .9 miles and turn left onto Sudley Manor Drive. Cross Garner Drive. Turn right onto second gravel road just beyond the Ben Lomond house.
Phone: (703) 367-7872

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