Special Saturday Event Planned for GCC Civil War Lecture Series

Practicing Physician to Deliver Spellbinding Presentation

What:Special Saturday Event Planned for GCC Civil War Lecture Series ~ Practicing Physician to Deliver Spellbinding Presentation

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 ~ 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: GCC Batavia Campus ~ Room T119, Conable Technology Building ~ One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Clear your schedule for 90 minutes on Saturday, September 21, 2013. You won’t want to miss a spellbinding presentation from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. by practicing physician and Civil War reenactor Dr. Spencer Annabel. His talk “Myths and Realities of Civil War Medicine” is an eye-opener, giving the audience a whole new perspective on the Civil War. It is free and open to the public. It’s part of The Civil War Initiative at Genesee Community College, marking the 150th anniversary of the epic war that shaped our nation.

“Doc Annabel is a well-established and well-regarded expert on Civil War Medicine,” said assistant professor of History Derek Maxfield, who is coordinator of the GCC Civil War Initiative. “His presentation is gripping and draws large crowds at Civil War events. We’re so pleased to bring him to GCC.”

Dr. Annabel, from Hornell, NY practices medicine in the southern tier of New York and is an active Civil War Reenactor. He has extensively studied the medical care that was provided on the battlefield. He works with the 21st Georgia Infantry that was part of the Confederate States of America (CSA), portraying a Civil War surgeon. He recently portrayed a Union physician, Dr. Jamison from Upstate New York, during a living history at the George Spangler Farm in the Gettysburg National Military Park. The 80-acre Spangler Farm is one of the best examples of a Civil War field hospital site. More than 1,900 men were treated there for wounds.

“Doc” Annabel will speak at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Room T119 of the Conable Technology Building on the Batavia campus of GCC. His talk follows the opening of “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” in the Alfred C. O’Connell Library at GCC. The traveling exhibit, developed by the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine, explores the often overlooked experiences of soldiers who lost limbs in the fighting. It will be on display from Monday, September 16 - Saturday, October 26, 2013. An evening reception for the exhibit is planned at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about GCC’s Civil War Initiative visit the website http://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com or contact Coordinator Derek Maxfield, assistant professor of History, at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288 or ddmaxfield@genesee.edu.

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Editor’s Note:
A photograph of Dr. “Doc” Spencer Annabel in his Civil War Reenactor’s costume is available here: