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    [Gettysburg] and [Camp Letterman]. Jonathan Letterman: Group of Six Letters Including Two Jonathan Letterman Autograph Letters Signed. Major Jonathan Letterman (1824-1872), the "Father of Battlefield Medicine," served first as medical director of the Army of the Potomac and, later, as inspector of hospitals in the Department of the Susquehanna until his resignation from the army in December 1864. In a two page letter, dated August 29, 1863, written to Maj. Henry Janes, who was in charge of field hospitals at Gettysburg, less than two months after the terrible battle, Letterman asks if the additional twenty surgeons he requested five days after the battle had ever arrived. He continues by asking how his namesake, Camp Letterman, a temporary hospital established there to house the nearly 21,000 Union and Confederate wounded, was flourishing. On October 29, he wrote a second letter to Dr. Janes asking "if W.O. Marshall Co. G 4th Alabama Regt. was recd into any of the Hospitals under your charge."

    Also included are several additional letters regarding the potential release of Private George L. Hadley, a native of New Hampshire who served in the 3rd Alabama Infantry, was wounded at Gettysburg, and was now a Confederate prisoner of war held at Camp Letterman. His father sent a letter, dated November 22, to Dr. Janes asking for him to "exert your influence in his favor" to the Commissary General of Prisoners. One month later, on December 21, Dr. Janes wrote to a Col. Hoffman of the Commissary General of Prisoners regarding the young man, stating that "during his stay in Gettysburg his conduct was exemplary." Hadley himself sent a letter, dated December 30, stating that he was in Baltimore and that he is "very anxious to know what is to become of me." Unfortunately for Hadley, Dr. Janes received word from the Office Commissary General of Prisoners on January 6, 1864, informing him that the "case of Private Geo. L. Hadley . . . a prisoner of war, has been submitted to the Secretary of War by whom it has not been favorably considered." Aside from the usual folds and expected toning, the letters are in near fine condition.

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