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    Historically Important Civil War Journal Kept by Surgeon David Sterret Hays, 110th Penna. Vols., While Serving at Letterman General Hospital at Gettysburg, July, August, and September 1863 while treating casualties from the battle that had been transferred to Letterman from various field hospitals. 4½" x 6½" with soft brown leather covers. All entries in neat, crisp, unsmudged pencil script. Inscribed by Hays on the front leaf, "Dr. Hays, Ward B 3d Division, U. S. A. Gen. Hospital, Camp Letterman, Gettysburg, Pa. July, Aug. Sept." Each of sixty-three numbered pages contains a separate entry for a soldier treated by Hays including name, regiment, date he was transferred, and detailed accounts of treatment, including, in most cases, the date the soldier died, or was transferred/discharged. Includes a number of Confederates from Texas and Alabama regiments, wounded on the second day, doubtless in the fighting at Little Round Top. A typical entry: Jerome Crowley, Co. G, 68th P. V., G. S. W. humerus, July 28th, Bat. Gettysburg, July 2d. Ball passed through humerus fracturing the bone. Struck by piece of shell in face...Also a G. S. W. of left side of face, ball entering mastoid...with additional info on treatment etc.

    An absolute wealth of heretofore unknown information. Interestingly Hays subsequently used blank portions of the journal for entries in 1866 when he returned to civilian practice. Covers rough but interior perfect, as bright and crisp as the day it was written. An important new chapter in the medical history of the Battle of Gettysburg and the medical nightmare it left in its wake. Previously unknown and unpublished.


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