American Civil War Surgical Antiques

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Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

Civil War Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection

 

As seen in:  Warman's Civil War Collectibles, Antique Week, Northeast Antiques, Antiques & Collecting publications, and various TV programs

Evidence of an Amputation by Norman Smith, M.D. at Washington, D.C., April 26, 1861

By Dr. Michael Echols

This information is absolute evidence the report made by Norman Smith, M.D, regarding the amputation in the Rotunda of the Capital at Washington, D.C, are true and in-fact this may be one of the first, if not 'the' first, surgical amputation of the Civil War by a military surgeon on April 26, 1861.

 

     

The display of the Norman Smith Tiemann surgical set and supporting evidence

 

As sited in the Medical & Surgical History or the War of the Rebellion:  Documents the date of the amputation and the patients.  If the War began on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter, this operation took place on April 26, 1861 after the Riot at Baltimore and possibly one of, if not the first surgical amputation of the Civil War.

"283 Herrick, M. S., Lieut., E, 8th Massachusetts. April 26, '61. Surgeon. N. Smith, 6th Mass. Disch'd May 21, 1861."

Additional information on Lt.  M. S. Herrick

 

The following documentation is cited by Chaplain Babbidge, who was with Dr. Norman Smith at Baltimore when the riot took place on Platt Street.

 

Documents courtesy of Larry DeCan, who obtained them from the Groton Public Library 2008.  This information confirms the information found in Norman Smith's personal letters in this collection.

 

Chaplain Babbidge's testimony regarding the Civil War and Norman Smith

 

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Documentation of the amputation performed by Norman Smith, M.D. in Washington, D.C. after the Baltimore Riot

Moses S Herrick, Dr. Norman Smith's amputation patient 1861

Norman Smith Biography

Norman Smith's Colt Dragoon pistol

Documentation regarding the uniform worn by Dr. Smith in the document photos

The display of the Norman Smith surgical set

Documentation regarding the uniform worn by Dr. Smith in the photos

6th Mass. Vol. Militia and the Pratt Street (Baltimore) Riot at the start of the Civil War

 

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