Charles Hunt, 1854 - 1863, PapersManuscript MS-1020

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Title:

Charles Hunt, 1854 - 1863, Papers

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1020

Collection Dates:

1854 - 1863

Size of Collection:

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Charles W. Hunt, Dartmouth Medical School, 1857, Physician and Assistant Surgeon in the army. Consists of medical notes, drawings, patient lists, transcripts and copies of correspondence, photocopied pictures of him in uniform and a 2-tablespoon measuring cup used for medicinal purposes stored in wooden case. Documents medical training, practice and Civil War experience.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection of Dr. Charles W. Hunt includes medical notes, drawings, patient lists, transcripts and copies of correspondence, photocopied pictures of him in uniform and a 2-tablespoon measuring cup used for medicinal purposes stored in wooden case. Documents both his school work and his time in the military during the Civil War. Of note is his medical note book which exhibits the knowledge of the time period regarding symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and prescribed treatment for conditions such as erysipelas, pulmonary apoplexy and hemorrhage, pneumonia, pleurisy, poisoned wounds, insect bites, bone fractures, chronic gastritis, etc.

Biography

Charles Hunt was born in December of 1832, in Gilford, New Hampshire. After attending New Hampshire Medical College, he graduated from Dartmouth Medical School (class of 1857), and, from there, practiced medicine in his native town until enlisting as an Assistant Surgeon of the Twelfth Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in September of 1862. At the battles of Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, he served as a member of the Division Amputating Board. And, at Chancellorsville, he was taken prisoner by the enemy while treating wounded on the battlefield. On August 24, 1863, he died of typhoid fever at Point Lookout, Maryland.

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