His topic was medicine during the Civil War.
Wood focused particularly on the role of the military surgeon, both Union and Confederate, during the war. He said today’s greatest misconception is that operations were performed without anesthesia, but 95 percent of all surgeries were performed with chloroform or ether. He expressed admiration for the medical officers of this conflict.
“Medical care evolved to new heights during the Civil War as surgeons learned from experience,” Wood said. “Many medical innovations and administrative systems were developed and implemented during the war. Many of these innovations continue to be used by today’s military.”
The chapter presented Wood with a $25 check for his SCV camp’s project of restoring of a 7th Tennessee Infantry flag.
Historian Pamela Annette Dies recognized Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest whose birthday was July 13. She presented facts to show how Forrest was misrepresented. The following is a quote from southernheritage411.com.
“The Independent Order of Pole Bearers Association (a forerunner of the NAACP), invited General Forrest, the first white man ever invited, to speak at their convention on July 5, 1875. During his speech, too [sic] much applause, Bedford said: ‘I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong.
“’I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man – to depress none. (Applause) I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going.
“’I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. “’When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief.’”
Members and friends of the chapter who attended were Teresa Deathridge, Jean Ayers, Ruth Cato, Pamela Annette Dies, Pam Kolbe, Jane Dugger, Betty Wright, Mary Scott and Nancy Wood, wife of the guest speaker.