Americana Civil War Medical Antietam Gettysburg Fredericksburg Manuscript 1865
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Americana Civil War Medical Antietam Gettysburg Fredericksburg Manuscript 1865:
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RARE, ORIGINAL, OCTOBER 20, 1865 CIVIL WAR DOCUMENT. This terrific “Examining Surgeon’s Certificate” was completed by Julius Nichols, M.D.
Nichols examined Patrick Cook, a Private in the 108th Regiment of New York Volunteers. He found Cook to be “totally disabled by virtue of a gunshot wound.” “Piece of shell struck instep of right foot fracturing… also inflicting severe flesh… foot is now swelled and infected, rendering it quite useless…”
The 108th regiment was recruited and organized at Rochester, where it was mustered into the U. S. service for three years, Aug. 16-18, 1862. It left the state the following day, and served in the defenses of Washington, until Sept. 6, when it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 3d division (French's), 2nd corps, and engaged in its first battle at Antietam.
The new regiment suffered a loss in the battle of 30 killed, 122 wounded and 43 missing. Its next battle was at Fredericksburg, where Gen. Couch commanded the corps, and the regiment again suffered severely, losing 92 in killed, wounded and missing. Its loss at Chancellorsville was 52, Gen. Hancock being in command of the corps and Gen. Alex. Hays the division.
At Gettysburg, where the regiment again met with a severe loss on the second and third days, its casualties amounted to 102 killed and wounded. In October it was engaged with some loss at Auburn and Bristoe Station, a 2nd corps affair; was active during the Mine Run campaign at the close of the year, and at the battle of Morton's ford in Feb., 1864. On the reorganization of the Army of the Potomac in March, 1864, the 3d division was consolidated with the 1st and and, the 108th being assigned to the 3d brigade, 2nd division, 2nd corps, with which it crossed the Rapidan and engaged in the Wilderness campaign. It lost 52 at the battle of the Wilderness, 53 at Spottsylvania, suffered constant losses in the subsequent battles leading up to Petersburg, and in the battles at the Weldon railroad, Deep Bottom, Strawberry Plains, Reams' station, Boyd-ton plank road, Hatcher's run, the final assault on Petersburg, and fought its last battle at Farmville, two days before Lee's surrender. It was mustered out under Col. Powers, May 28, 1865, at Bailey's cross-roads, Va., and the men not then entitled to discharge were transferred to the 59th N. Y. Maj. Force was killed at Antietam, and both Col. Palmer and Col. Powers were promoted to the rank of brevet brigadier-general for faithful and meritorious services.
The regiment lost during service 9 officers and 106 men killed and mortally wounded; 90 men died of disease and other causes, a total of 205. Among the many brilliant achievements of the regiment, it is related that in the fight at Morton's ford the 108th advanced rapidly and without firing a shot to a stone wall occupied by the enemy, when they delivered a volley and with shouts leaped over the wall and were soon in possession of an important position which virtually decided the contest. [Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II]
Condition: Rare manuscript document remains in good condition [see images]. Some mild toning. Legible handwriting. Document measures approx 8" wide x 10" tall. Quite a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed.
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