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Original Lithograph, “History of the War of the Rebellion Gunshot Wounds”


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This is a very unusual medical item I picked up over 20 years ago. It is a lithograph of wounded soldiers from “Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, Part III, Vol. H Chapter X”. It is “Plate LXIV. – Consolidated Gunshot Fractures of the Femur”.

It is on hard-paper stock and measures 9” x 11 ½”. There are two soldiers, the one on the left is Private R. Hanlon, 5th U.S. Cavalry and on the right is Private J. O’Connor of the 16th Michigan Infantry. They are both fully naked from their stomach down and have obvious gunshot wounds to their legs. Because being on the internet, I did a little cover up, but the actual picture is not censored.

I tried to do a little research and I believe O’Connor is 18-year-old James O’Connor, who enlisted at Saginaw, Michigan on Feb. 4, 1864. He was transferred to the Veteran’s Corp in December and discharged for disability in July 1865. I did not find anything on Hanlon – maybe because of the nature of the image, they used a fictitious name, or perhaps a misspelling. Additional research will have to be done on it.

This is not a page cut from a book, but an individual plate. I don’t know about framing it to hang in the family room, but it would make a great addition to a Civil War Medical collection – definitely a conversation piece. There is slight aging, but in excellent condition.

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