The 7th New Jersey Infantry Field Hospital is a representation of all the facets of the Union Medical Service in the field. It includes surgeons and assistant surgeons, hospital steward, medical cadet, hospital corps (nurses, cooks, attendants), Ambulance Corps, and Veterans Reserve Corps, also known as invalid Corps. According to army regulations, a field hospital is an all-military unit and does not include civilians except for civilian contract surgeons. All the members are in military dress appropriate to their particular role.
Our reenacting duty is two-fold. First, we educate the public about the tasks, instruments, medicines, and everyday life in the Medical Service. We do everything from surgical and other medical demonstrations, to everyday chores such as bandage rolling, cooking, paperwork, and meteorology, a little-known responsibility of the army surgeon. The Ambulance Corps retrieves the wounded from the field and talks about the modes of medical transportation including the ambulances, wagons, trains, and hospital ships. This unit can also include people with skills in blacksmithing, wagon righting, and saddlery. The Veterans Reserve Corp is made up of soldiers not able to do regular infantry duty due to physical infirmities, but can serve as guards, clerks, and orderlies. They wear a distinctive light blue uniform and carry weapons.
Our second function is real-life medical support, on and off the battlefield for our soldiers. We limit our reenacting hospital to minor first aid issues, but we have folks in our brigade qualified to respond to more serious accidents, illness, and heat-related problems.
Currently, we are looking for all roles and positions except the full surgeons. If you have an interest in medicine, medical history, have a job in a medical field in modern life, or want to be a Civil War re-enactor, but for one reason or another, do not want to take up arms, please consider joining the Field Hospital. Minimum age within the hospital is thirteen, only with parental supervision at events. Members must have an active interest in the hospital and fulfill one of the roles described here within. Minimum age to go into the field during battles is fifteen, but only if accompanied by a surgeon, hospital steward, or Ambulance Corp sergeant.
For more information or to sign up contact: Marjy Wienkop, Surgeon (aka Major Geo. G. McClelland III)