Bite the Bullet: Myths and Realities in Civil War Medicine

The second in our 12th Annual Fall Lecture Series, this talk will take place at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center on Monday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – Doors open. Guests are welcome to arrive early and explore the trails at Reflection Riding.

6:00 p.m.Historical overview of Wauhatchie by NPS Chief Historian, Jim Ogden.

7:00 p.m. – Lecture by Dr. Anthony Hodges

“Bite the Bullet” is an overview of techniques used by military physicians in the 19th century to treat battlefield wounds and disease during the War Between the States. Dr. Anthony Hodges will use original Civil War medical instruments to illustrate medical and surgical treatments used in the Union and Confederate military, the results of those treatments, and how they contrast with modern military medical techniques. Additionally, he will explore Chattanooga’s role and history as a hospital and treatment center for both the Confederate and Union armies.

Dr. Hodges attended the University of Alabama and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He graduated from UT Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis with a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree in 1981. Long interested in American history, Dr. Hodges began to collect Civil War artifacts as a boy. He studied Civil War medicine while in dental school, and has lectured on the topic for over forty years, also serving as a National Park Service living historian. Hodges assisted Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson of Virginia Tech and Broadfoot Publishing in the re-printing of the U.S. Army’s official twelve-volume medical account of the Civil War, The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War. He is currently serving his fourth term as Board President of the Friends of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, and is also President of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association.