U. S. Army Medicine Containers: Bottles, Jars & Tins
Dr. Michael Echols
This is a collection of U.S. Army
Medical Department specified containers for various medicines which were
provided during the Civil War for the doctors in the field or rear area
hospitals. The following abbreviations would have been found on
the paper labels or embossed on the bottles to identify the source of
maker of the container.
U. S. A. Hosp.
Dept. - U. S. A. Med'l Dept. - U. S. A. Med.
U. S. A.
Med. Purveying Depot - E. R. Squibb -
U. S. A. Laboratory
Dept Bottles & Tins collection:
Above left, three wide-mouth light blue, one
light green USA
Hosp. Dept. bottles
Dimensions of some items on this page:
Aqua: quart U. S. A. Hosp.
Dept Bottle: 9 "
Clear: two small bottles U. S. A.
Hosp. Dept Bottles: 4 " and 4 1/4 "
White: Quinine Cream ware ceramic Jar
with lid: 5 "
Black: Tin Japanned container with
Green: Squibb bottle with stopper:
7 " plus stopper
Olive: quart U. S. A. Hosp. Dept.
bottle: 9 1/4 "
Collidge Field Case
or Surgeon's Companion for medicine with contents list
The Medical Staff and Materia Chirugica"
from the Med. & Surgical History
A list of drugs carried
on Civil War medical wagons
Civil War medical containers and bottles
Medical material requisitioned
by the medical staff during the Civil War and Materia Medica
Two small bottles marked for the U. S. A.
Hosp. Dept: 4 " and 4 1/4 "
Black Tin Japanned container: 3
Opium pulvules labeled tin container with
U. S. A. Medical Purveying Depot / Astoria, Long Island
U. S. A. Med. Dept. U. S. A. Laboratory (1863)
Base of this heavily 'whittled' U.S.A. Hosp.
bottle is marked 'SDS'
U. S. A. Hosp. Dept. olive colored quart
U. S. A. Hosp. Dept. cobalt blue round and
E. R. Squibb medical bottles produced during
the Civil War
E. R. SQUIBB (Not Squibb "& Sons", which is later than the Civil
War) is embossed
on the shoulder with a clear ground glass stopper. 7 3/4" high. Smooth base.
Applied square collar. E. R. Squibb contracted with the military
during the Civil War and Post Civil war to produce medical pannier's or
chests with all the supplies need in the field or wagons. They also provided tin
containers of medicines etc. which were used in military field
containers. E. R. Squibb bottles have been found in 1860's-70's
military sites out West and, according to collector Jules Martino,
probably back east. As far as I know, these bottles come in at
least two different sizes.
Left: 'dug' bottles with water deposited 'crud'
from being buried. Right: after cleaning.
U.S.A. Medical (MED'L) and Hospital Department
Three variations: Olive,