DescriptionSimon Baruch Bible with Pencil Drawing of Gettysburg Burial Site. The German-born Captain Simon Baruch began his medical career as a surgeon in 3rd South Carolina Battery in 1861. This small, 3" x 4.5", leather bound copy of the New Testament was carried by Baruch during his time in the Confederate army. On the inside of the rear cover he has drawn a diagram showing the location of 27 graves placed in three rows containing nine, eight, and ten graves respectively. Below he has written: "Supervised burial of 29 men on July 3rd, 1863 near Gettysburg, Pa." It is likely he is indicating the location of South Carolina troops killed and buried on Rose's Farm. On the facing page are dashes, in sets of five, with totals of each row marked to their right. Boards are heavily worn and the rear board is detached.
Baruch (1840-1921) was captured shortly after the First Battle of Bull Run when he stayed behind to care for the wounded at a church in Boonsboro. He was incarcerated for a number of months and exchanged, returning to active duty. He was again captured on July 3, 1863, on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, again tending the wounded and dying, and was sent to Fort McHenry. After the war, Baruch practiced medicine in South Carolina and moved north to New York in 1881. A pioneer in hydrotherapy, he died in New York in 1921.
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