A Manual of Military Surgery Prepared for the Use of The Confederate States Army 1863

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A Manual of Military Surgery Prepared for the Use of the Confederate States Army (1863) by Samuel Preston Moore, M.D., CSA

A Manual of Military Surgery Prepared for the Use of The Confederate States Army was written in 1863 by Samuel Preston Moore.

Samuel Preston Moore graduated from the Medical College of the State of South Carolina in 1834 and quickly became assistant surgeon for the U.S. Army in 1835. This position required service in several frontier regions of the country including Missouri, Kansas, Florida, and the Texas-Mexico border.

While serving in the Mexican War (1846-48), Moore met the future President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, who was quite impressed with his organizational and disciplinary abilities.

Moore was promoted to surgeon in 1849 and remained in this position through the 1850s. However, like many Southern officers in the United States Army, he was in crisis while the country was on the brink of civil war.

When his home state of South Carolina seceded, he resigned his post in the U.S. Army and moved to Arkansas to open a private practice and to avoid fighting against a country to which he had devoted so much of his life.

However, he soon received personal requests from Jefferson Davis to join the Confederate army.

Davis’s descriptions of the army’s unfortunate military situation and the lack of trained medical men eventually persuaded Moore to become Surgeon-General in 1861, a position he would hold for the duration of the war.

Moore’s A Manual of Military Surgery Prepared for the Use of the Confederate States Army 1863 is a compilation of papers by surgeons which provides exact instructions with illustrations for performing operations. It was intended for use by inexperienced surgeons in the army.

Author: Samuel P. Moore, M.D. A Manual of Military Surgery. Published by: Richmond: Ayres & Wade, 1863. The only edition. Original stiff paper binding.

With 30 drawing plates and 174 individual figures, this was the first of only two illustrated military surgical manuals to have been compiled and printed in the Confederacy.

More information about Samuel Preston Moore can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_P._Moore