Fort Point: They recently had a Civil War re-enactment there. Yes, you heard me. Not about to be left out of the whole Blue-Gray craze, we San Franciscans proudly celebrate our Civil War heritage.
I have lived on the Presidio on and off for 30 years and have only been to Fort Point twice. It’s dog-ass cold, that’s why. And it’s a creepy place, an old battery, shaped like a beehive with honeycomb passages, etc. I’m sure some eager businessman is thinking up a way to make it a little more friendly. (You’ll need a bike shop, a day spa, and at least two manicure outfits.)
However, last Sat it was the site of some good learnin. I found out, for example, what an enema bellows looks like:
Prompting the wonder: how long do bacteria survive on wood surfaces? Not to mention: um, WHY WOULD YOU NEED ONE?
And that CW doctors used to smoke cigars during surgery. And use "medicinal tobacco” to cure all ills. (Hey, it works!)
The best part was Alonso Chattan, who knew anything you could possibly want to know about Victorian medicine.
The thing that really got me was a stranger approaching the table and announcing that those surgeons killed George Washington with their “bleeding” techniques. Yes, they bled him to death, trying to get those nasty “vapors” from his system. She was a very old woman and she said this as if someone had killed her cousin, and I found myself wondering….
So wait, you’re saying: SF had a Civil War? But where has it been all these years? Why haven’t we seen it at the family picnics? Yes, we, the city that likes to spout about “suppressed histories”, have carelessly forgotten that during the CV we were massive Confederate sympathizers. Ooo-OOPS! What??
That might explain why a search for “San Francisco civil war flag” produced this first hit:
Wrong, Google. Wrongskies!