“Bite The Bullet” at April Round Table

On Sunday, April 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Dr. Anthony Hodges, who will present his unique program on Civil War medicine, entitled, “Bite The Bullet.”

Dr. Hodges will give an overview of the techniques used by the military physicians of the 19th century to treat battlefield wounds and disease during the war years. Authentic Civil War medical instruments will be shown to help illustrate the medical and surgical treatments used by Federal and Confederate doctors. Hodges will describe the results of those treatments, and how they contrast with the techniques of our modern military medical system.

Dr. Hodges attended the University of Alabama, graduated from UT Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis with a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree in 1981. He has lectured on the topic of Civil War medicine for nearly forty years. Dr. 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 now serves as president of the Friends of Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and also as Vice President of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. He is Vice President of East Tennessee Historical Society and the Museum of East Tennessee History in Knoxville and on the Advisory Board of the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga.

Dr. Hodges became interested in early American and Civil War history as a young child due to family history passed down to him by elderly relatives in North Alabama. He began to collect Civil War artifacts as a young boy, and items from his collection have been displayed in national parks and museums across the South. He has served as a National Park Service living history interpreter for over thirty years. Married with three grown children, Dr. Hodges resides on Elder Mountain, just outside Chattanooga.

The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge, and meets each month at Carnton Plantation's Fleming Center, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle. For more information, email fcwrt@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.franklinscharge.org/the-round-table.