Civil War Navy Surgeon Bureau Of Medicine Surgery Autograph Letter Signed Whelan For Sale
(1808 - 1865)
WAR NAVY SURGEON
CHIEF of the BUREAU of MEDICINE and SURGERY – Appointed by President Franklin Pierce
and serving 'till his death in the Civil War!
constructed and established naval hospitals at Memphis,
TN, Mound City,
IL, and New Bern, NC during the Civil War. He also
established the Naval Laboratory in Brooklyn, NY, as well as the first Navy hospital ship, USS Red Rover in 1862!
HERE'S A RARE 1858 AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY WHELAN written as
Chief of the Bureau of Medicine & Surgery to Dr. M. Lewis Lanber, Lancaster
County, Ohio, enclosing a copy of the “…Regulations for Admission and Promotion
in the Medical Department of the Navy…”
document is in very good condition and measures 8" x 10" The ALS comes with a 2pp. biography.
A RARE ADDITION TO YOUR CIVIL WAR MEDICAL
<<>> BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE HONORABLE WILLIAM WHELAN
Dr. William Whelan (September 1808 − 11 June 1865)
was the third Chief of the US Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
He was born September 1808, in Philadelphia, PA. Upon his
graduation from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1828, Dr. Whelan was commissioned a surgeon’s
mate in the U.S. Navy (25 March 1828). His service included duty in the West Indian Squadron, Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL, where he
was on duty during the prevalence there of smallpox and yellow fever, at Naval
Hospital Chelsea, MA, and the Navy Yard, Philadelphia.
He was promoted passed assistant surgeon in 1834 and was
commissioned surgeon on 9 February 1837. From 1837 to 1840, he served in the
Pacific aboard USS Falmouth.
From 1843 to 1845 he served as fleet surgeon in the Mediterranean Squadron and
again from 1849 to 1852. He was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and
Surgery 23 September 1853, by the President Franklin Pierce and confirmed by Congress
23 January 1854. He held this office until his death 11 June 1865.
He was thus Chief of Bureau during the American Civil War
and the troubled period that preceded that conflict. The heavy responsibilities
connected with the expansion of the Navy Medical Department and the increase of
facilities necessary to meet the urgent demands made by the war, were borne to
Among the highlights of his career as Chief are:
construction and establishment of the naval hospitals at Annapolis, MD (1853) and at Memphis,
City, IL, and New Bern,
NC in the Civil War.
establishment of the Naval Laboratory in Brooklyn, NY. The lab, headed by
Surgeon Benjamin F. Bache and Passed Assistant Surgeon Edward R.
Squibb, experimented with the production of chloroform and
ether anesthesia. Squibb’s major contribution was providing the Navy
Medical Department with a reliable source of pure pharmaceuticals. In
1857, Dr. Squibb resigned from the Navy and founded the pharmaceutical
house that bears his name.
of the first Navy hospital ship, USS Red Rover in 1862.
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