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Author Wilder, Burt G. (Burt Green), 1841-1925.

Title Practicing medicine in a black regiment : the Civil War diary of Burt G. Wilder, 55th Massachusetts / edited by Richard M. Reid.

Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2010.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (x, 282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Notes OldControl:muse9781613760352.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-273) and index.
Summary "In early 1863, in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Massachusetts began recruiting black soldiers to serve in the Civil War. Burt Green Wilder, a Boston-born, Harvard educated doctor-in-training, was among the first white officers commissioned to staff the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. From the time he joined the unit in May 1863 until the regiment was discharged in September 1865, Wilder recorded his experiences and observations. He described the day-to-day activities of a Civil War surgeon, the indignities suffered by black enlisted men at the hands of a War Department that denied them the same treatment offered to white troops, and the role of the regiment in the campaign around Charleston and in Florida. Service in the Southern states also allowed Wilder to indulge a passion for natural science and comparative anatomy, including the collection of unusual species, one of which -- the spider known as Nephila wilderi -- still bears his name. After the war he completed his medical studies at Harvard and joined the faculty of Cornell University, where he became a distinguished professor of zoology as well as an outspoken advocate of racial equality. In his introduction to the volume, Richard M. Reid analyzes Burt Wilder's diary and places it within the context of the war, the experience of African American troops, and Wilder's life and career"--Jacket.
Other author Reid, Richard M., 1943-
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Wilder, Burt G. (Burt Green), 1841-1925 -- Diaries.
United States. Army -- Surgeons -- Diaries.
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 55th (1863-1865)
Surgeons -- Massachusetts -- Diaries.
Massachusetts -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American.
Massachusetts -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.
Personal Narrative.
Electronic books.
Personal narratives.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781613760352 (electronic bk.)
1613760353 (electronic bk.)
9781558497399 (pbk. ; alk. paper)