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Medical Items from the Civil War Era
Misc. Non-Excavated
Surgeon's Kit, Buckle and Letter From Surgeon Charles B. White
Item #: A1356
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Here is a great group of pieces from a Civil War surgeon. This large group consists of several pieces of wonderful history. These items came from the estate of Charles Belden White. Dr. White enlisted on May 28th 1861 as Assistant Surgeon in the United States Army Medical Staff. He served in the US Army until his death in 1881. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and Major by Brevet on March 13th 1865. The group consists of a post-Civil War tintype image of White wearing a fine suit of clothes. It has his Civil War Model 1851 sword belt plate. There is also a magnifying glass of a high quality construction of gilded brass. The main part of the group is his traveling surgeon's kit. The surgeon's kit is the fine quality Civil War version with the maker's label of Wade & Ford. This company is listed as a maker from 1860 until 1865 and they were located at 85 Fulton Street in New York City. The kit has separated at the seams but has what appears to be all of the instruments. The instruments include the high quality tortoise shell handled scalpels and is accompanied by some original needles. One thing that is very cool about this group is the letter that is contained in it. The letter was written by Dr. White in March of 1881. He is telling of his service and telling the US Army Surgeon General in Washington, DC. that he is sick because of the conditions he endured at the Columbus, Ohio Depot. He states that many men were "suffering from poisoning of Sewage gases and offensive cess pools." He states that those conditions are what caused his sickness and tumors. He would die less than 5 months later. You get all of these wonderful artifacts for the single price.

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