American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

Civil War:  Medicine, Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

 Dr. Michael Echols  &  Dr. Doug Arbittier


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American Civil War Surgical Antiques

Research and Identification

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

Surgeon Richard S. Satterlee,

United States Army medical purveyor in New York City

Lieutenant Colonel Richard S Satterlee Chief Medical Purveyor retired entered the service as an Assistant Surgeon February 25 1822 was promoted to Surgeon with the rank of Major July 13 1832,  appointed Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Medical Purveyor July 28 1866,  and retired from active service as Lieutenant Colonel February 22 1869.  He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel Colonel and Brigadier General by brevet September 2 1864 for diligent care and attention in procuring proper army supplies as Medical Purveyor and for economy and fidelity in the disbursement of large sums of money. 

He served at Fort Niagara NT to March 1823 at Detroit, Michigan to September 1823 at Fort Howard , Wis. to June 1825 at Fort Mackinac, Michigan to November 1831, at Fort Winnebago Wis. to September 1833 at Fort Howard Wis. to October 1837, in Florida to May 1838 with troops removing the Cherokee Indians to September 1838 at Platteburg, NY. to November 1840 in Florida to August 1842 at Fort Adams, RI .to October 1846 with the Army in Mexico to June 1848 at Fort Adams RI. to October 1853.  Accompanied 3d US Artillery to California in December 1853 and was wrecked on board the steamship San Francisco.

Attending Surgeon and Medical Purveyor at New York City from March 1854 to July 1866.  Chief Medical Purveyor of the Army and stationed at New York City from July 1866 to February 21 1870 having been directed by the President to remain on duty as Chief Medical Purveyor after his retirement from active service. 

Dr Satterlee was born at Fairfield Herkimer County, New York, December 6, I 799 and entered the service from Michigan.  He was on duty for many years among the Indians of the Northwest where he became a great favorite and rendered important services.  During the Seminole war he was Medical Director on the staff of General Taylor.  During the advance of the Army upon the City of Mexico he served as Surgeon in Chief of General Worth's Division and was mentioned for distinguished services at the battles of Cerro Gordo Contreras Churubusco and especially at the battle of El Molino del Rey.  After the occupation of the City of Mexico he became the Medical Director of the Army and held that position until peace was declared and the country evacuated.

During the War of the Rebellion he was on duty at New York City as the Chief Medical Purveyor of the Army where his services were of the greatest value.  He was a most efficient faithful and conscientious officer as well as a man of the most exemplary character never losing an opportunity of doing good and always laboring to promote the welfare of the Medical Corps of the Army in which he took the greatest pride and deepest interest.

Report of the Surgeon-General U. S. Army to the Secretary of War





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Direct links to all medical & Civil War collections on this site                         

American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12    INDEX

Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865
Medical Lecture Cards: 1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21    INDEX

Medical Faculty and Authors:


Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

Army: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8    INDEX

Navy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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