Conspectus, U. S. A. Hosp. Dept. 1862
E. Dexter, surgeon 40th N.Y. Infantry Regiment
following are the personal edited research notes of Michael Echols, the
source of which may or may not be completely documented)
A Conspectus of The
Pharmacopaedias of the London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Colleges of Physicians,
and of the United States Pharmacopaeia. A Practical Compendium of Materia
Medica and Pharmacy by Anthony Todd Tomson, M.D, F.L.S. Fellow of the Royal
Seventh American Edition,
Edited by Charles A Lee, M.D., Professor of Gen. Pathology and Mat. Med. in
Geneva Med. College.
Published New York, by
William Wood, 389 Broadway, 1862 for the U. S. Army Hospital Department
Signed in the front cover
by Major James E. Dexter, Surgeon 40th Regiment, N.Y. Infantry. Below the
signature are notes by someone about the Richmond, Va. engagement where
Surgeon Dexter apparently lost this book.
Additional information on Thomson's Conspectus in this collection
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signed by Major James E. Dexter. Notes below his signature are
apparently by someone who found this book and made notes about Richmond,
James River, and the Yankee "Skedaddle".
Translation and other information about above
left copy of book page and Dexter.
Regimental Roster (right) showing Surgeon Dexter's unit. Dexter was
present at White Oak conflict: Known
by several names including Nelson’s Farm, Frayser’s Farm, Charles City
Crossroads, White Oak Swamp, New Market Road, Riddell's Shop, this
skirmish occurred on the same date as the White Oak conflict, also in
Henrico County. On June 30, Huger’s, Longstreet’s, and A.P. Hill’s
divisions converged on the retreating Union army in the vicinity of
Glendale or Frayser’s Farm. Longstreet’s and Hill’s attacks penetrated
the Union defense near Willis Church, routing McCall’s division. McCall
was captured. Union counterattacks by Hooker’s and Kearny’s divisions
sealed the break and saved their line of retreat along the Willis Church
Road. Huger’s advance was stopped on the Charles City Road.
“Stonewall” Jackson’s divisions were delayed by Franklin at White Oak
The 40th NY
(Mozart regiment) was at Gettysburg, July 1863, and heavily
involved in the fighting at plum run (bloody run) at the foot of
little round top before devil's den. Dr. Dexter resigned 1864.
Size: small 6 3/8 in. x 4 in. x 1 1/4 in. (Field size
text book similar to Smith's surgery manual, in leather)