"A Feeling of Honorable Pride": A Surgeon’s Experience of the Civil War

Code: SL51804

Dates: November 4, 2022

Meets: 12 N to 2:00 PM

Sessions: 1

Course Fee: $49.00

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During summer 1862, James Fulton, MD, a 29-year-old Chester County man, left his pregnant wife for military service. He kept a diary to chronicle his service as an assistant surgeon, first assigned to the 150th Pennsylvania, later to the 143rd Pennsylvania. The diary evocatively describes a spectrum of experiences from the pursuit of General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army following Antietam to campaigns throughout Virginia, north to Gettysburg, and back into Virginia. Step into the world of the Civil War physician, to see the battles as physicians experienced them. Lunch is included.
Fee: $49.00

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Robert Hicks

Robert D. Hicks, Ph.D., has edited a recent book about and including the diary of a physician, Civil War Medicine: A Surgeon’s Experience (University of Indiana Press, 2019). The book includes essays by distinguished Civil War scholars that illuminate the surgeon's (Fulton) experience. No comparable book about the medical Civil War exists for the general reader, despite the huge literature on the Civil War. Dr. Hicks is the Senior Consulting Scholar and William Maul Measey Chair for the History of Medicine (former Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Medical Library), The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Dr. Hicks' career path has included criminal justice, the Navy, and he has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for over three decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums. He holds a doctorate in maritime history from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, and degrees in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Arizona.



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