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This rare collection of 20 CDVs filled a small CDV album. Many of the CDVs have the following backmark: “Surgeon General’s Office/Army Medical Museum/Photographic Series.” Some of the CDVs have no backmark but are clearly from this same collection. Several have handwritten annotations on verso which are cited below. At a time before the existence of x-rays, the photographs of anatomical samples of bone and other tissue were used for teaching purposes. The images are now available individually as marked. I will indicate those that are sold and leave them on the page so that the illustrations of the entire album remain for those who might like to see them.
CWCDV1036. Private John F. Reardon, company C, 6th New York Cavalry, aged 22 years, was wounded at Culpepper, Va., October 11th, 1863, and entered Armory Square U.S. General Hospital, at Washington, on the following day. It was found that his right humerus was shattered by a fragment of shell, which was removed from its lodgment under the deltoid muscle, and proved to be four inches long and one inch broad. The head and upper third of the shaft of the humerus were then excised through a straight incision. The patient recovered without a bad symptom, and with a very useful arm. In January, 1865, when the photograph was taken, the freedom and power of the movements of the limb were remarkable. The specimen and the foregoing details of the case were contributed by the operator, Surgeon D.W. Bliss, U.S. Vols., in charge of Armory Square Hospital. $1200
CWCDV1040. Identified in image as Maj. C.W. Hobbs, 7 NY H.A. Hobbs enlisted on 8/19/1862 at Albany, NY as a 2nd Lieutenant. On 8/19/1862 he was commissioned into “G” Co. NY 7th Heavy Artillery. He was Mustered Out on 7/3/1865 at Ft Federal Hill, Baltimore, MD. (Subsequent service in US Army from 09/21/1867) He was listed as: * Wounded 6/3/1864 Cold Harbor, VA (Wounded in left leg & left hand). Promotions: * 1st Lieut 6/22/1863; * Capt 11/12/1864 (As of Co. D); * Major 3/22/1865; * 1st Lieut 9/21/1867 by Brevet (Spottsylvania Court House, VA); * Capt 9/21/1867 by Brevet (Cold Harbor, VA). Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 11/12/1864 from company G to company D; * 3/22/1865 from company D to Field & Staff. $1500
CWCDV1041. Manuscript on verso “Dr. Bontecou’s case of necrosis of tibia A.M.M. Specimen 3601.” Born and raised in Troy, Dr. Reed Bontecou was a surgeon in the 2nd NY Infantry during the Civil War and was among the first surgeons to treat battle injuries during the war. While in charge at Harewood General Hospital, Dr. Bontecou’s interest as an amateur photographer led him to document patients with combat and war injuries. $350 SOLD
CWCDV1048. Imprinted on verso “T. & N. Douglas Hospital.” Manuscript on verso “Exfoliation 7 3/4 inch long from thigh stump of Jas. McMahon. Showing a recovery from osteomyelitis.” This is probably Joseph McMahon, enlisted on 10/1/1862 at New York City, NY as a Private. On 10/1/1862 he mustered into “K” Co. NY 61st Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 10/18/1865 at New York, NY. He was listed as: * Wounded 5/8/1864 Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Intra Regimental Company Transfers: * 12/21/1864 from company K to company F.
Douglas Hospital was located in a row of three brick houses in Washington DC: Douglas, Breckenridge, and Rice. The houses, known as “Minnesota’s Row,” ran very near to Stanton General Hospital. At the closing of Douglas General Hospital, the patients were moved to Harewood General Hospital. The National Republican reported the opening of this hospital on Jan. 1, 1862, with the information that the building was “the late Senator Douglas’s mansion.” $300
PPCDV24. Churchill & Denison, Albany. “To Mother,” written on back. This nicely attired gentleman prominently displays his missing arm in this carte sent to his mother. There is a 2-cent blue tax stamp on verso and it is no great leap to assume that this fellow lost his arm in the Great Rebellion. VG. $85
PPCAB9. Veeder, Albany, NY. Rare Cabinet Card of a Blind Man reading Braille. E. $150
PPCDV58. No ID. On back: “Benjamin Franklin, The Unfortunate Soldier, who lost all his limbs by freezing, while crossing the plains from Fort Wadsworth, Dacotah Territory, to Fort Ridgely, Minn. While he was making the journey, in company with four others, they were caught in one of those dreadful storms which frequently occur on the plains, and all of his comrades perished. He was out eight days and seven nights without food or fire, and when found by two Indians was nearly starved to death. He is now trying to sell his Photographs for the benefit of his family which consists of a wife and three children. Price 25 Cents.” VG. $325
PPCAB42. Warren’s Portraits, Boston. Laura Dewey Lynn Bridgman (Dec. 21, 1829-May 24, 1889). First deaf-blind American child to gain a significant education in the English language. Trimmed at bottom. G+. $250
Medcab1. Vintage French Albumen Autopsy Photo with all participants, except the fellow on the table, identified. Looks like Harvel Hopital de Havre (1888). Skeleton looking on at right, skull peering down from the cabinet behind. Image measures 4.5″ x 6.25″ on 5.5″ x 6.625″ mount. G. $375