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Letter from Samuel P. Moore to Samuel H. Stout : recommendation of Ellen Meer,

Other Title:
Civil War documents collection, Confederate documents, 1863 Sept. 26.
Moore, Samuel Preston,
Other Authors:
Moore, Samuel Preston, 1813-1889, signer.
Item ID:
Richmond, Virginia : S.P. Moore, 1863.
Call Number:
PN6130 .M667 1863 SEPT 26
Physical Description:
1 sheet ([2] pages) ; 25 cm
Meer, Ellen
Moore, Samuel Preston, 1813-1889 -- Correspondence.
Stout, Samuel Hollingsworth, 1822-1903 -- Correspondence.
Confederate States of America. Surgeon-General's Office.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Hospitals.
Title supplied by cataloger.; CLICK ON WEB ADDRESS TO REACH THIS DOCUMENT.; Handwritten letter headed "S.G.O. Sept. 26/63" and addressed to "Med. Dr. Stout, Marietta, Ga.," and signed "S.P. Moore, Surg. Genl." "Sir, This will be handed you by Mrs. Ellen Meer, who has been a matron in hospital since 1861. She is well recommended and desires to attend the wounded in the hospital under your charge. If you desire her aid you can employ her." Docketed on verso.; Samuel Preston Moore (1813-1889) was trained as a military surgeon in the US Army but resigned his commission and was appointed Surgeon-General of the Confederate States Army Medical Department at the beginning of the American Civil War. He reformed the medical corps by raising recruiting standards and improving treatment protocols and by placing the most capable surgeons in positions of authority. He improved the ambulance corps and directed the construction of many new hospitals for Confederate casualties. He was responsible for the barracks hospital design, which is still used today. He established the Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal and directed a successful effort to develop substitutes for scarce pharmaceuticals from the indigenous flora of the South. He founded the Association of Army and Navy Surgeons of the Confederate States of America.; Born in Nashville on March 3, 1822, Samuel H. Stout began his medical career in Tennessee in 1848 having turned down a commission in the U.S. Navy. With the outbreak of the Civil War he served as a surgeon in the Provincial Army of Tennessee beginning in 1861, and soon took over management of the Gordon Hospital in Nashville. He moved to Chattanooga after the fall of Nashville, and by July 1862 his strong administrative and leadership skills earned him the position of Superintendent of Hospitals for the Army of Tennessee under General Braxton Briggs. Stout was a gifted administrator and streamlined his hospitals so that they were able to treat a massive number of sick and wounded. Moreover, he pioneered new designs for well-ventilated wards that could be easily serviced in the field. He was also instrumental in developing mobile hospital units that could move with the army, a system that would be used in all succeeding American conflicts. After the war Stout taught for a short time at the Atlanta Medical College before returning to private practice in Georgia and Texas. He died in Clarendon, Texas, in September 1903.-- from Samuel Hollingsworth Stout Papers, 1837 (1860-1865) 1902, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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