Monday, November 10th, 7:00-8:00pm @ Munger Cottage

The next lecture in the award-winning Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture Series will be presented at Munger Cottage, located behind the library building. The talk, entitled “Myth, Maggots, Minie Balls, Gangrene and Glory” – A Civil War Medical Lecture, will be presented by Carolyn Ivanoff, Housemaster at Shelton Intermediate School.

The story of Civil War medicine is a remarkable one of heroism and hard work. It is a story of saving lives by the tens of thousands, not destroying them. It is also a story of tribute to the amazing endurance and determination of the common soldier who withstood and surmounted untold hardships in the line of duty and in the service of their respective countries. The program provides an overview of the practice of battlefield medicine in the 1860s. It highlights the practices that saved lives and dispels the myths of biting the bullet and that Civil War surgeons were nothing more than butchers.

Carolyn Ivanoff is an assistant principal at Shelton Intermediate School in Shelton Connecticut. In 2003, Carolyn was named Civil War Trust’s Civil War Preservationist Teacher of the Year. As an educator and administrator, Carolyn is committed to providing professional development and education programs for students, educators, and community members. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 her education programs received Awards of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations.

The Civil War event is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, by the Cornwall Public Library Foundation, and by Caldwell House in Salisbury Mills, NY (


This is a drop-in event. Registration is not required.