Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

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Fort Ward Museum interprets the site’s history and offers exhibits on Civil War topics, education and interpretive programs, tours, lecture and video series, group tours, and living history activities throughout the year. The Museum and Historic Site also interprets Alexandria, Virginia as an occupied city, the city’s role as a vital Union Army crossroads, life within the Defenses of Washington, and the everyday life of Civil War soldiers and civilians. Today, an ongoing exhibit features original medical instruments and equipment from the Civil War period and information on Union Army hospital sites in Alexandria. To learn more about the surgical procedures and medical equipment used in the series Mercy Street, come to Fort Ward and see a variety of medical tools, instruments, equipment and images from the Museum’s Civil War collection.