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Re-enactors at Monocacy National Battlefield fire muskets and help teach residents about history of the Civil War.

When looking across Frederick County, there are multiple ways to learn about one of the greatest conflicts in American history.

The Civil War is evident in multiple museums and locations countywide, and a good place to start in downtown Frederick, at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine at 48 E. Patrick St.

The museum displays a fraction of more than 5,000 artifacts at any time, which tell the story of Civil War surgeons and the medicine that existed during the 1860s.

Those interested can also request an appointment at the Bettie Delaplaine Research Center, which contains hundreds of books and other materials related to Civil War Medicine.

Southern parts of the county contain some important battlefields, notably the Monocacy National Battlefield.

Countywide, there are also ongoing walking tours and events dedicated to local Civil War history. Heritage Frederick hosts a $10 walking tour on the first Saturday of each month, starting at 11 a.m. at 24 E. Church St. in Frederick.

There is another walking tour of downtown Frederick, which starts May 5 and runs every Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. until Oct. 27. Those focus on hospitals and how Frederick became "One Vast Hospital," according to the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, and start at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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