One of my great uncles had only recently received his MD degree at the Medical College of Virginia when the Civil War broke out. He was unable to bide his time and wait for a commission in the Confederate military service where organizational red tape was being produced faster than a working system of military medicine. He volunteered as a liamsburgn the line and was wounded at Williamsburg in his first battle, dying soon thereafter. My family seemed to think that his story contained a moral of some kind. Paul Steiner who has been led far and wide by his interest in Civil War medicine has come up with a strange, but interesting, survey of a number of Civil War general officers who were at one time or another physicians. For the most part, they did not leave medicine directly to go into military activity but had already deserted the
Bean WB. Physician-Generals in The Civil War:. Arch Intern Med. 1967;119(1):124–125. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00290190172020
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