Civil War Military Surgery Sets or Medical Kits

  U. S. Army Hospital Department   -   U. S. Army Medical Department

Display Page Five (1860 to 1865 )

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Indexed list of all Civil War surgical sets in this collection

Note: Any Civil War medicine or surgical set in existence prior to or during the Civil War 'could' have been used during the War, but it is more likely only the Union Army supplied surgery sets were used in the field by Union Army surgeons after the early months of the War.  The U. S. Army Hospital Department sets were made by American makers, like Tiemann, Hernstein, Kolbe', and Gemrig, expressly for use 'during' the War by Union Army surgeons.   U. S. Army Medical Department sets could have existed before, during, or after the Civil War and were made expressly for the  Union Army.   Other existing sets 'could' have been used by 'contract'  or Army surgeons on both sides during the War.  Contract surgeons and State Volunteer Militia surgeons, typically brought their own instruments for use during the early part of the War due to a lack of instruments on both sides early in the War.  As the War progressed, contract surgeons rarely did any 'surgery' since they were relegated to the rear area hospitals on a temporary basis to do follow-up treatment such as changing bandages and to treat disease related problems, which did not include surgery.  Amputations and other major surgery was done by Army qualified surgeons, not the contract physicians. (Points taken from: Dr. Jay Bollet's book on Civil War medicine and surgery)  Dr. Michael Echols.

 

Article on sources of Civil War military surgical sets

 

Without serious documentation, the surgical sets owned by contract surgeons are very difficult to prove and attribute as being 'Civil War' since the sets may have been in existence for years prior to the War. 

Be sure to read this short article on: The Truth about Civil War Surgeons by Dr. Jay Bollet

Additional information from the National Archives regarding 'contract' physicians

How to evaluate and buy a Civil War surgical set

Tiemann catalogue of Civil War instruments

Gemrig catalog of Civil War instruments

 

(All sets on this site are original, contain the correct instruments, and all instruments in a given set are by the same maker.  These are not 'put-together' sets and the sets do not contain substitution instruments.  If incorrect instruments were included in the set when purchased for this collection, then the incorrect instruments were removed.) 

High Def image files for some of these Civil War surgical sets are available for publishing print work, contact Dr. Echols for information.

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c. 1865, Large staff surgeon's Civil War surgery set, marked 'U.S. Army Hosp. Dept', by H. Hernstein, N.Y.  This three tier hospital surgery set is a special issue for bone surgery used to deal with the trauma of war.   Mint condition and 100% complete.  A rare, rare and unique find.  Bilateral military sliding latches.

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Hernstein, N.Y., Civil War, U.S.Army Hosp. Dept. three tier surgical operating set, 1865

5.2

c. 1860-64, A large, Civil War Hospital issue, 'U. S. Army Hospital Dept.' marked surgical set by Kolbe' of Philadelphia.  This four tier set was a special bone surgery collection of instruments used to deal with the trauma of war.  Bilateral military sliding latches.

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c. 1863 Civil War, U. S. Army Hospital Department issue, field surgery set by Geo. Tiemann, N.Y.  This is the type of set which would have been issued to a field surgeon.  Bilateral military sliding latches.

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Geo. Tiemann, N.Y., Civil War three tier field surgery set, U.S.Army Hosp. Dept., c. 1863c. 1
5.4

c. 1861-1865 Hernstein & Son, New York City, U.S. Army Hospital Dept. marked field surgery set.  Bilateral military sliding latches.

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5.5

c. 1863 surgical set by Wade and Ford, New York City, which belonged  to a documented Civil War Federal Naval Surgeon.  The case is engraved with his name and the 1863 date of its purchase.  This is the type of personal set a surgeon could have brought to war, especially by students trained in New. York area.  Keyed lock.

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c. 1862 military issued surgical and dental set by Wade and Ford, N.Y. City, which was in the possession of a surgeon who was first a steward on a Federal Naval ship during the Civil War and then went to medical college during the War.  Bilateral military sliding latches.

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Wade & Ford, N.Y., Civil War Military surgical and dental set, c. 1862

 

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Indexed list of all Civil War surgical sets in this collection

If you are interested in obtaining a 'real' Civil War surgical set, please email us with your name.  We will keep in contact with you about sets that become available.

 

 

 

Civil War Medical Collections 

 

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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:

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Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865
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Medical Faculty and Authors:

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Navy Surgeon Exams:

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

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

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

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

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American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

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