American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

Civil War:  Medicine, Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

 Dr. Michael Echols  &  Dr. Doug Arbittier


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Research and Identification

Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

Civil War Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection


As seen in:  Warman's Civil War Collectibles, Antique Week, Northeast Antiques, Antiques & Collecting publications, and various TV programs

George C. Blackman, M.D.

View a copy of the "Handbook for the Military Surgeon," by Dr's. Tripler and Blackman

In October, 1861, he was appointed brigade surgeon on Gen. Mitchell's staff, being present at the battles of Shiloh and Pittsburg Landing. He was for a short time on the Ohio State Medical Board for the army and was present at the battle of the Wilderness.

Blackmail, George Curtis (1819-1871)

The second child of Judge Thomas Black- man, of the Surrogate Court of Newtown, Connecticut, he was born April 21, 1819. He had his preliminary education at Newtown and Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Newburg, New York, afterwards entering Yale College and graduating in medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, 1840, immediately after practicing in the dispensaries in that city. Devotion to work so impaired his health that, at the suggestion of his friends, he went to Europe, acting as ship's surgeon, in which capacity he made many trips across the ocean and spent much time in London and Paris. In the former city he had to contend with great poverty.

In 1845 he spent some months in the London hospitals, living on seventy-five dollars, the sum-total of his means.

He was well acquainted with Liston, Astley Cooper, Sir Benjamin Brodie, Sir William Fergusson, and other eminent London doctors.

By invitation he read a paper before the Royal Mcdico-Chirurgical Society of London which so impressed the members by its depth of research and profound knowledge of the science and art of surgery that he was at once elected a member.

He practiced some time in Newburgh, New York, and in 1854 went to Cincinnati, where he was appointed professor of surgery in the Medical College of Ohio, a position he held at the time of his death.

Although a brilliant and fascinating lecturer at all times, it was in the hospital theater he was in his native element. Outside of his own field he was a timid speaker and it is told of him that at a large gathering of medical men he refused to speak, although urged, until one of those present referred to an operation that is classical, giving the credit of its initiation to an English surgeon. Blackmail was on his feet in an instant. For ten minutes he blazed forth like a meteor.

The roar of applause that greeted him when he sat down showed how neatly he had been entrapped.

In October, 1861, he was appointed brigade surgeon on Gen. Mitchell's staff, being present at the battles of Shiloh and Pittsburg Landing. He was for a short time on the Ohio State Medical Board for the army and was present at the battle of the Wilderness.

Dr. Blackman was a large contributor to medical literature. At one time he was editor of the Western Lancet, and afterwards one of the editors of the Cincinnati Journal of Medicine.

He translated and edited "Vidal on Venereal Diseases" and "Velpeau's Operative Surgery." He was author, in conjunction with Dr. C. A. Tripler, army surgeon, of a "Hand-book on Military Surgery-" He did not leave any original work of preat importance, although for several years he was engaged on a work on the "Principles and Practice of Surgery." At the time of his death he was occupied with the Hon. Stanley Mathews on a work entitled "Legal Liability in Surgical Malpractice." Foi many years he was on the staffs of the Commercial (later Cincinnati) and the Good Samaritan Hospitals.

In the spring of 1856 Dr. Blackman did an ovariotomy at my father's house, in Coving- ton, Kentucky, removing a twenty-two pound cyst which had previously been repeatedly tapped. Forty years later the lady was still sounding his praises as the greatest of surgeons.

In the season of 1866-7 he twice did Amus- sat's operation—artificial anus—for cancer of the rectum. One of these patients lived several months.

In 1855 he married Agnes Addington of New York and had two sons and a daughter.

He died at Avondale, Cincinnati, July 17, 1871.
Alexander G. Dkurv.

Cincinnati Medical Observer, 18/1, vol. xiv.
Cincinnati Medical Observer, 1872, vol. xv.
Trans. Ohio State Medical Society, 1872.
Boston Med. and Surg. Jour., 1871, vol. Ixxxv.
Trans. Amer. Med. Asso., 18/~3, vol. xxiv, 370-374.


Died at Cincinnati, on the 19th of July, in the 53d year of his age, George C. Blackman, M.D., Professor of Surgery in the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Blackman graduated in medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, in 1840. In 1847 lie was honored by an election to the Fellowship of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society of London, and in 1853 was appointed to the Professorship which he held at the time of his death. His contributions to medical literature were numerous and valuable; not only did he write for the pages of our periodical literature, but also edited the last edition of Afott's Velpeau's Operative Surgery, and translated with annotations Vidal on Venereal Diseases. His surgical judgment was sound, his operations well conceived and bold, and his teaching erudite. He did much to extend the fame of American surgery, and in his demise American surgery has met a severe loss.




Surgeon United States Army


Professor of Surgery in the Medical College of Ohio, Surgeon to the Commercial Hospital, St. Johns Hospital, etc

(The personal edited research notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or may not be completely documented)


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Civil War Medical Collections 


Direct links to all medical & Civil War collections on this site                         

American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12    INDEX

Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865
Medical Lecture Cards: 1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21    INDEX

Medical Faculty and Authors:


Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

Army: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8    INDEX

Navy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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