In one life, Roland Maust is pastor of the Grace Brethren Churchof Millersburg, Ohio, a congregation whose worship facility sits in a meadow deep in the bucolic Amish countryside of northeastern Ohio.
In another life, he is Roland Maust, Civil War medicine expert and author, specializing in the Second Corps Hospital at the Battle of Gettysburg.
He’s published a book on the subject. It took Maust 15 years to write Grappling With Death: The Union Second Corps Hospital at Gettysburg. A massive volume with more than 960 pages and retailing for $60, the book won the Batchelder-Coddington Award for Best New Book on Gettysburg for 2001, an award given annually by the Civil War Roundtables of New Jersey.
One reviewer, a descendant of a surgeon at Gettysburg, said, “Mr. Maust left no stone unturned in his quest to tell the story of the Union Second Corps Hospital at Gettysburg. He takes you back in time 143 years, as if in a time machine,