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    Confederate Surgeon Samuel Houston Caldwell Carte de Visite. Caldwell was born in Henry County, Tennessee on December 10, 1836, the son of Colonel Robert D. Caldwell, a wealthy tobacco farmer who had settled in Henry County. In 1855, Samuel graduated from Cumberland University and in 1858, from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He was a medical doctor at Paris, Tennessee when the Civil War broke out. While at first enlisting with the 46th Tennessee Infantry, after his capture at Island Number 10, he served the remainder of the war as battlefield surgeon to the famed Confederate cavalryman General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

    This carte de visite of Dr. Caldwell, the only one known to exist, shows him wearing the uniform of a Confederate major with the black detailing of the Confederate medical corps on the cuffs and collar of his frock coat. On the reverse of the photograph written in pencil is "Dr. S. H. Caldwell". Underneath is written in pen: "(1836-1917), Surgeon, 46th Infantry Regiment of Tennessee". This is an outstanding photograph of an important Confederate surgeon to the famed cavalier, General Nathan Bedford Forrest.


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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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