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    Archive of Items Belonging to Civil War Surgeon Middleton Goldsmith of Vermont. A descendant of Declaration of Independence signer Arthur Middleton, Dr. Goldsmith came from a distinguished family. During the Civil War, he pioneered the use of bromine to treat gangrene, an advance which saved countless lives. He was also among the first to use disinfectant in the treatment of typhoid fever. Although his family came from Louisville, he found himself ostracized there after the war for his Union service. As a result, he moved his family to Vermont. A lengthy newspaper obituary detailing Goldsmith's distinguished career. This lot includes:
    1. His green Civil War officer's sash, in excellent condition, with very old family label identifying it as his attached,
    2. A beautiful, large 1/2 plate daguerrotype of Goldsmith,
    3. Two circa 1880 family cabinet photos,
    4. A carte de visite of his wife,
    5. An 1870 appointment document, making him Vermont State Fish Commissioner, signed by the governor, and
    6. An 1834 catalogue from the Medical College of Ohio & several early medical documents.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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